Cricketing fraternity mourns the demise of "Kalaignar" Karunanidhi

Cricketing fraternity mourns the demise of “Kalaignar” Karunanidhi

Tamil Nadu is on high alert with his passing and a 7-day mourning has been announced.

Kalaignar Karunanidhi
Kalaignar Karunanidhi. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK chief Karunanidhi passed away today which marks the end of a glorious era of Dravidian politics. Arguably one of the longest serving and most respected Indian politicians of all time, he was addressed with the sobriquet “Kalaignar”, which means artist in Tamil.

Beginning his career as a writer in the Tamil film industry, Karunanidhi worked with some of the greatest personalities in the Dravidian politics including the immortals Annadurai, MGR, Jayalalitha and others. His demise also puts a full stop on the DMK patriarchy, which lasted nearly over 50 years.

Karunanidhi was a 13-time MLA in Tamil Nadu and one of the most renowned Chief Ministers in the country, having served the state on five separate terms at the helm. Often regarded as a fine orator, the 94-year-old’s contribution in Tamil poetry was quite profuse as well.

Tamil Nadu on high alert; cricketing world pays their respects

Leaving an everlasting legacy behind, Karunanidhi passed away at 6.10 pm on Tuesday (7th August). Experts reckon that his demise now leaves a humongous void in Tamilian politics as they don’t have any other leaders of his stature. Another personality who had a similar aura in Tamil Nadu was Jayalalithaa, who passed away in December 2016.

His mortal remains will be taken to Gopalapuram from Kaveri hospital, where he was admitted a few days back. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Chief Ministers from various states will be flying to Chennai tomorrow to pay their final respects to Karunanidhi, who will be cremated at the Marina beach.

Tamil Nadu is on high alert with his passing and a 7-day state mourning has been announced. All schools, colleges and office will not be functioning tomorrow. The Indian flag at the DMK office will be kept at a half mast as a mark of respect to the deceased.

Kalaignar had a lot of admirers in the cricketing fraternity as well, who have expressed their condolences on social media.

Here are the tweets from the cricketing fraternity:

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