Chennai, Aug 8: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday paid last respects to late DMK chief M Karunanidhi at Chennai’s Rajaji and briefly met his son MK Stalin and other family members.

PM Modi laid a wreath at Karunanidhi’s feet and bowed before his mortal remains, paying homage to the DMK patriarch.

He later consoled the DMK chief’s family members, including his wife Rajathi and son M K Stalin.

PM Modi, who arrived here from New Delhi by a special flight earlier in the morning, was accompanied by Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and state unit leaders of the BJP, besides those of the DMK and the AIADMK.

He exchanged a few words with Stalin, the DMK’s working president, gently patting him on the back in an apparent gesture of consoling him.

While leaving, Modi spoke to Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi, an MP, as Stalin joined him.

Karunanidhi, 94, died at a private hospital yesterday following prolonged illness.

The prime minister in his message had described the DMK chief as a prolific thinker and a deep-rooted mass leader who stood for regional aspiration and national progress.

Meanwhile, the Madras High Court allowed the burial of Karunanidhi on the Marina Beach after rejecting state government’s denial of DMK’s plea.

Acting Chief Justice Huluvadi G. Ramesh and Justice S.S. Sundar passed the order after hearing counsel for DMK and the government which said granting permission would violate environmental laws and rules on protection of Marina Beach.

(With PTI inputs)