DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, who died in a hospital on Tuesday evening, cannot be laid to rest at the Marina beach in Chennai, the ruling AIADMK government has said, turning down requests from the DMK for permission to bury him next to the grave of his mentor and DMK founder, CN Annadurai at Chennai’s “Anna Square” memorial.
Chief Ministers CN Annadurai, MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa have been laid to rest along the Marina Beach, counted among the world’s longest beaches.
Rejecting the DMK demand, the Tamil Nadu government said Karunanidhi could, however, be laid to rest at a 2-scre plot near Gandhi Mandapam, the memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi. It also has memorials to other chief ministers including C Rajagopalachari, also known as Rajaji, and K Kamaraj.
The DMK patriarch’s family – working president MK Stalin, his brother MK Alagiri and sister Kanimozhi – had reached out to the government hours before Chennai’s Kauvery Hospital announced the death of one of…