Karunanidhi’s second death annniversary: Stalin visits memorial, tributes pour in social media

On the second death anniversary of former Chief Minister and DMK supremo M Karunanidhi today, the party’s president M K Stalin and senior leaders paid tributes at his memorial at Marina in Chennai.

Stalin led a procession of DMK members and offered flowers at his father’s memorial. He was accompannied by Durai Murugan, T R Baalu, Kanimozhi and K N Nehru.

Karunanidhi who died on 7 August 2018 was a politician who served as Tamil Nadu CM for almost two decades over five terms between 1969 and 2011.

The man who has the distinction of being a long-standing leader of the Dravidian movement and ten times the president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) has also held the longest tenure as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu with 6,863 days in office.

Stalin on Thursday launched Kalaignar Memorial International Virtual Marathon to mark the second death anniversary of former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi.

The fund generated through the virtual marathon would be utilised to buy equipment for Covid-19 treatment. It will be distributed to government hospitals from the first week of September.

Stalin recalled the initiatives undertaken by his father as chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the welfare of the people and the development of the state.

From ensuring government jobs through reservation for the aspirational people to establishing requisite educational infrastructure and institutions to launching social welfare schemes like free rice and free electricity as well as construction bridges and nationalisation of bus transport, the governments under Kalaignar (M Karunanidhi) had covered all aspects of people’s lives, Stalin said.

Today, on his second death anniversary, people are paying their respects on social media in memory of the Kalaignar. Isai SD – State Deputy Secretary – DMK IT Wing of Tamil Nadu has tweeted: “The achievements of @kalaignar89 as a Chief Minister were unparalleled in the history of India! #KalaingarEverywhere #எங்கெங்கும்கலைஞர் #கலைஞர்”.