LIVE: People throng Rajaji Hall to pay last respects to Karunanidhi

  New Delhi, August 8, News24 Bureau: People queued up in large numbers early this morning at Rajaji Hall in Chennai to pay their last respects to Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president M Karunanidhi who died yesterday after prolonged illness.   Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam, Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai, senior state ministers, Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader and RK Nagar MLA TTV Dinakaran, superstar Rajinikanth and his family, and actor Sivakarthikeyan among others paid homage to Karunanidhi. Here are the LIVe updates:

- Karunanidhi being laid to rest at Marina beach, next to Anna memorial 

-M Karunanidhi's family pays last tribute to the DMK chief at Marina beach

-It was a ceremonial farewell for Karunanidhi at Marina beach.  Karunanidhi accorded a state funeral but there will be no religious ceremony as the DMK patriarch was an atheist.The family was seen putting up a united face in a time of grief. It remains to be seen if the siblings will accept Stalin's leadership in the absence of the patriarch. On earlier ocassion it was seen that the sibling rivalry in the family was out in open too often..  Karunanidhi accorded a state funeral but there will be no religious ceremony as the DMK patriarch was an atheist.The family was seen putting up a united face in a time of grief. It remains to be seen if the siblings will accept Stalin's leadership in the absence of the patriarch. On earlier ocassion it was seen that the sibling rivalry in the family was out in open too often.

-Mortal remains of DMK Chief M Karunanidhi being taken to Marina Beach for last rites 

-Visually challenged supporters of Karunanidhi paid tribute to the DMK Chief at Rajaji Hall

 

-'A person who continued to work without rest, now takes rest' written on the coffin of Karunanidhi

  

-Congress President Rahul Gandhi pays tribute to M Karunanidhi

-RJD's Tejashwi Yadav and SP's Akhilesh Yadav with MK Stalin at Rajaji Hall

-Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays last respects to former CM M Karunanidhi at Chennai's Rajaji Hall

-Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha adjourned for the day as a mark of respect to M Karunanidhi

-MK Stalin breaks down after Madras High Court's verdict to allow the burial of former CM M Karunanidhi  at Chennai's Marina beach. 

-Case against denial of burial land by Tamil Nadu Govt at Marina beach for M Karunanidhi Tamil Nadu govt's lawyer says 'DMK is pursuing political agenda by filing this case. DK Chief Periyar was the tallest leader of Dravidian movement. Was he buried at Marina beach?' 

-Visuals of heavy security outside Anna Memorial at Marina beach. Hearing in the case against denial of burial land by Tamil Nadu Govt at Marina beach for M Karunanidhi is underway at Madras High Court. 

 Speaking to reporters, Palaniswami said Karunanidhi's demise was a "big loss to Tamil Nadu". He extended his sympathies to DMK working president and Leader of Opposition, MK Stalin, Karunanidhi's family, and the DMK workers. Palaniswami and Panneerselvam had a brief conversation with Stalin during which they apparently extended their sympathies to him over the loss. Karunanidhi's body was earlier brought to the stately Rajaji Hall from his CIT Nagar residence for the public to pay homage to the former chief minister. The Indian tricolour was draped over the body of Karunanidhi. His relatives, including children Stalin, MK Selvam and Kanimozhi, were seen standing beside the mortal remains of the Dravidian stalwart. Prime Minister Narendra Modi among others are scheduled to pay homage later in the day to the leader, fondly addressed as Kalaignar (artiste). Grim-faced party leaders and MLAs were seen seated along the stairs of Rajaji Hall. Supporters and mourners started pouring in at Rajaji Hall early in the morning, with some of them raising slogans hailing their 'thalaivar' (leader). Chants of supporters seeking a space at the Marina beach for the burial of Karunanidhi could also be heard, especially during the visit of the AIADMK delegation.