Karunanidhi death: Schools, colleges to remain shut for one day

Karunanidhi death: Schools, colleges to remain shut for one day
Karunanidhi death: Schools, colleges to remain shut for one day

Chennai : Schools and colleges in Tamil Nadu will remain shut for one day on Wednesday, said the state government after sad demise of five-time chief minister M Karunanidhi. Seven-day mourning in the state has also been announced.

The 94-year-old political leader was not well and was admitted in Kauvery Hospital for last 11 days.

"With deep anguish, we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi at 6.10 p.m.," said a statement from the hospital where thousands of DMK cadres and fans have been camping for days hoping for a miraculous recovery.

"Despite the best possible efforts by a team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond. We profoundly mourned the loss of one of the tallest leaders of India and we share the grief of family members and fellow Tamilians worldwide," the statement added.

A host of political leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to him at the Rajaji Hall.

For more than a year, Mr Karunanaidhi had been in and out of hospital while recovering from a long ailment. He lived a secluded life -- making no public appearance except occasional visits to his party office.