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

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

expressed grief.

"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.

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