Opposition backs DMK’s demand for Karunanidhi's burial at Marina

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CHENNAI: A massive controversy erupted after the Tamil Nadu government rejected opposition DMK’s demand for allotting space on the Marina beach for the burial of its leader M Karunanidhi and offered space near the memorials of former chief ministers C Rajagopalachari and K Kamaraj. Opposition leaders, including Rahul Gandhi, backed the DMK’s demand and urged the government to allot the leader a space on the beach.

The development came on a day when a PIL filed in the Madras HC seeking to restrain the Corporation of Greater Chennai from permitting any burial of bodies on Marina Beach was dismissed as withdrawn today. DMK working president MK Stalin, recalling the long public life of Karunanidhi, had written to CM K Palaniswami seeking space inside the mausoleum complex of the departed leader’s mentor CN Annadurai at the Marina.

A government statement said it was “unable to allot space at Marina beach owing to several pending cases in the Madras high court and legal…

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