Expressing grief over DMK
patriarch M Karunanidhi's death, former Prime Minister H D
Deve Gowda today said he has lost his "elder brother."
The nation has lost a "stalwart", Gowda said in his
condolence message, recalling his association with theformer
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for over five decades.
"Karunanidhi's role in me becoming the Prime Minister
was huge," the former Prime Minister said, adding that his
death is a "great loss" to the country and personally for him.
Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy said in
Karunanidhi's death, "we have lost a unique personality"
inIndian politics, and Tamil Nadu a "visionary leader".
Terming him a "legend", the chief minister
said"Karunanidhi strived for the development of Tamil Nadu
throughout his life and built a stronghold for regional party
"I had met him several times. Every time he made me
understand the importance of regional parties.The popular
schemes he implemented for the downtrodden people are
replicated in various states today," Kumaraswamy added.
State BJP chief and former chief minister B S
Yeddyurappa said a leader, whoserved Tamil Nadu as chief
minister five times, Karunanidhi would always remain in the
minds and hearts of thepeople.
Yeddyurappa recalled Karunanidhi's contribution in
fostering the bond between people of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu
by installing Kannada poet and philosopher Sarvajna's statue
in Chennai and unveiling Tamil poet-saint Thiruvalluvar's
statue in Bengaluru during his ChiefMinistership.
Karnataka Pradesh Congress Chief Dinesh Gundu Rao also
"Express my deepest condolences on the demise of
#KalaignarKarunanidhi. A towering personality in Tamil Nadu
politics who also played a significant role at the national
level. A true inheritor of the Dravidian movement.
TN politicswill never be the same again.
#RIP," he said in a tweet.(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)