The row over allocation of burial
on the Marina beachfront due to 'vendetta', a charge dismissed
as 'baseless' by the ruling AIADMK.
DMK working president MK Stalin said in a letter to
partymen that the request for burial space was made in line
with Karunanidhi's desire to be be laid to rest next to his
mentor and party founder C N Annadurai.
"We made a due request for land at Marina. We insisted
the conspiracy of those controlling them," Stalin said in the
He said the party took the matter to court securing a
favourable verdict, following which the 94-year-old leader was
laid to rest yesterday.
Stalin described the verdict as "final gift" to
Taking strong exception to Stalin's statement, AIADMK
leader D Jayakumar listed the government's steps to ensure
"a respectable" farewell, even as he blamed "legal tangles"
for the government turning down DMK's plea.
Crediting AIADMK founder late M G Ramachandran for
Karunanidhi's ascension to the chief minister's post after the
death of incumbent C N Annadurai in 1969, Jayakumar took
exception to the "baseless charges."
Soon after the death of the DMK stalwart, government
declared a holiday, permitted the body to lay in state at the
Rajaji Hall, provided adequate police security throughout and
secured central approval for flying the Indian tri-colour half
mast and ensuring state honours for the departed leader.
Referring to the batch of cases that were filed
against construction of memorials on Marina, he said those
were filed only by people who wanted to "remove the
Jayalalithaa memorial there."
"Due to the legal tangles following five pending court
cases and that they should not create last minute hurdles, the
government came forward to offer space near the memorials of
former chief ministers C Rajagopalachari and K Kamaraj. Where
Citing the DMK's "opposition" to the construction of
a Jayalalithaa memorial on the Marina as well as to that of
installing her portrait in the state Assembly, he asked if
they "have conscience."
Jayakumar alleged that when Karunanidhi was chief
minister he had turned down pleas for construction of
memorials for former chief ministers Kamaraj and V N Janaki at
the Marina, saying they were not serving CMs at the time of
Charging the DMK with "insulting" Jayalalithaa and
causing mental agony to her when she was alive by filing a
slew of cases and putting her behind bars, Jayakumar said the
"But Tamil society watching all this will understand
it," he said.(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)