Tamil Nadu government has declared a week-long mourning over the death of DMK patriarch M Karunandhi. The state government has declared a public holiday on Wednesday.
Banks will also remain closed tomorrow, however, they will be working for rest of the week. The five time chief minister of Tamil Nadu who dominated the state’s politics breathed his last at Kauvery hospital in Chennai this evening.
Meanwhile, an internal circular from Tamil Nadu DGP T K Rajendran directed the police to be on high alert. “Please direct your strength (ADSP, DSPs Inspectors, SIs and ORs) available in each district/city to report immediately in uniform before the respective commissioner of police or district SPs for urgent law and order bandobast duty.” It also added: “Zonal IGPs concerned shall utilize the manpower within the zone depending upon the requirement.”
Security has been tightened across Chennai and traffic remained diverted for the second day near the Kauvery Hospital as DMK cadres kept thronging the hospital.
Karunanidhi was the last of the grass-roots politicians of Tamil Nadu. He began his public life working under social reformer Periyar EV Ramasamy, but cast his lot with CN Annadurai when he founded the DMK in 1948. Since then, he has never looked back, though his six-decade-long political stint was full of thorns.
Karunanidhi, a school dropout, began his political life at the age of 14 when he started a handwritten newspaper called Manavar Nesan. He then founded Tamil Nadu Tamil Manavar Mandram which was the first student movement of the Dravidian movement.