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PTI Last Updated at 07 Aug 2018, 20:08 IST India

Condolences poured in today after

demise of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi from politicians across

the spectrum in Maharashtra.

Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister

Devendra Fadnavis, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Congress president

Ashok Chavan are among the prominent leaders who have

expressed grief over the death of the iconic Tamil leader.

Fadnavis said social reforms always remained the

agenda of the former Tamil Nadu chief minister.

Karunanidhi breathed his last at a Chennai hospital

this evening after prolonged illness.

"Karunanidhi's death is a great loss to the country.

He was a popular leader who gave a new direction to Tamil Nadu

politics. Social reforms were always his agenda," Fadnavis


Noting that Karunanidhi was a good writer and orator,

he added that "in national politics, the central government

had to always take cognisance of Karunanidhi...he was such a

tall leader".

In a condolence message addressed toDMK Working

President M K Stalin, the governor said Karunanidhi was one of

the most popular and charismatic leaders produced by Tamil

Nadu who dominated the political discourse of the nation for

many decades.

Rao, who had served as the Governor of Tamil Nadu for

more than a year, stated that "Kalaignar" was the visionary

leader who was deeply committed to the welfare of the poorest

person, farmers and workers.

"As five times Chief Minister, Karunanidhi introduced

several innovative schemes for the welfare of the weaker

sections of society. Dr. Karunanidhi was also a multi-talented

personality, having been a writer, screenplay writer, theatre

artist and an art lover. In his demise, the people of Tamil

Nadu have lost a Messiah of the Poor.

"I convey my deepest condolences to the people of

Tamil Nadu and to the members of the bereaved family on the

demise of Dr Karunanidhi," he stated.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar said Karunanidhi will always be

remembered as a leader of masses in the Indian political


"Saddened to know about the demise of DMK president

and former Tamil Naduchief minister M Karunanidhi. My

heartfelt condolences with his family. May his soul rest in

peace," he said.

Chavan said an era in Indian politics ended with the

demise of the DMKpresident.

"My heartfelt condolences to the family and

followers," he said.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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