Superstar Rajinikanth on Monday night criticised Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K.Palanisamy for not attending the funeral of late Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president M Karunanidhi.
Speaking at a memorial meet for Karunanidhi, organised by the film industry in Chennai, the actor said he would have launched a protest if the government had appealed against a Madras High Court verdict, directing it to provide burial space to the Dravidian stalwart on Marina beach.
He pointed out that many leaders, ranging from state Governor Banwarilal Purohit to Congress President Rahul Gandhi, were present during the burial of Karunanidhi at the Marina.
“For his burial, the whole of India came. State honours were given by members of the three armed forces. He was given a 21 gun salute. But one thing remains. The Governor, many Chief Ministers and Congress president Rahul Gandhi had come. Tamil Nadu’s first citizen, the Chief Minister, shouldn’t he have come?” he said.
Rajini, in the presence of DMK working president M K Stalin, added: “Should not the entire cabinet have come? What will people think? Are you MGR or Jayalalithaa?”
He said further: “Karunanidhi had passed the DMK through various victories, defeats, and betrayals. If leaders from across the world used to visit Tamil Nadu, they would definitely meet Karunanidhi. I do not know who they will meet hereafter.”