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PTI Last Updated at 09 Aug 2018, 21:08 IST India

The row over allocation of burial

space for late DMK chief M Karunanidhi continued with the

opposition party today accusing the government of denying land

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

in person (with chief minister K Palaniswami) also. But the

treacherous AIADMK government denied space due to vendetta and

the conspiracy of those controlling them," Stalin said in the

letter.

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

Karunanidhi.

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

is the vendetta here," the state Fisheries minister said in a

party statement.

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

their death.

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

opposition party will not 'understand' the AIADMK government's

genuine intentions.

"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.)

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