Leaders across the nation joined Tamil Nadu in mourning the death of one of its most illustrious sons, M Karunanidhi.
The DMK chief passed away at Kauvery Hospital in Chennai at 6:10 pm on Tuesday.
Messages have started pouring in after the news of Kalaignar's demise. Here are some of the instant reactions.
President Ram Nath Kovind:
Extremely sad to learn of the passing of Thiru M. Karunanidhi. A doyen of our public life, as a contributor to the development of Tamil Nadu and of India he has few peers. Our country is poorer today. My condolences to his family and millions of well-wishers.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted: "My thoughts are with the family and the countless supporters of Karunanidhi Ji in this hour of grief. India and particularly Tamil Nadu will miss him immensely. May his soul rest in peace."
In a subsequent tweet, PM Modi said, "Deeply saddened by the passing away of Kalaignar Karunanidhi. He was one of the senior most leaders of India. We have lost a deep-rooted mass leader, prolific thinker, accomplished writer and a stalwart whose life was devoted to the welfare of the poor and the marginalised.
Kalaignar Karunanidhi stood for regional aspirations as well as national progress. He was steadfastly committed to the welfare of Tamils and ensured that Tamil Nadu’s voice was effectively heard. pic.twitter.com/l7ypa1HJNC— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 7, 2018
Rajinikanth, the superstar, who is all set to launch his very own political party in Tamil Nadu, mourned the demise of M Karunanidhi with a heart-wrenching tweet in Tamil which reads: "Today is a black day in my life, one which I can never forget as I lost my Kalaignar. I pray for his soul."
Amit Shah, National President, Bharatiya Janata Party, tweeted, Anguished to learn about the demise of veteran politician, M Karunanidhi ji. He had an impressive life journey, starting as a screen writer in Tamil film industry to being five term Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. No one can forget his struggle during Emergency, imposed in 1975.
Omar Abdullah, Former CM of Jammu & Kashmir, said, A legend in his lifetime, counted amongst the giants of the political landscape of India #Karunanidhi ji has left a void not just in his home state of Tamil Nadu but in the entire country that will never be filled. My condolences to his family & Tamils the world over.
K. Chandrasekhar Rao, Telangana Chief Minister, said with the demise of M. Karunanidhi, India has lost a political stalwart and it will be difficult to fill the void.
Rao expressed his deep condolences on the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and President of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).
In his condolence message, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief said that Karunanidhi was an undaunted political fighter and mass leader who struggled for the socio-economic development of marginalised sections of the society in Tamil Nadu.
Rao will leave for Chennai on Wednesday and participate in the last rites of Karunanidhi. The CM will personally pay tributes on behalf of Telangana people to late Karunanidhi, according to a statement from the Chief Minister's Office.
E.S.L. Narasimhan, Governor of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, also expressed his condolences on the demise of Karunanidhi.
Rahul Gandhi, President of the Indian National Congress, posted on Twitter:
Loved by the Tamilian people, Kalaignar strode the stage of Tamil politics, like a colossus, for over 6 decades. In his passing, India has lost a great son. My condolences to his family as also to the millions of Indians who grieve for their beloved leader tonight.#Karunanidhi— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 7, 2018
Shekhar Gupta, Journalist
RIP Kalaignar Karunanidhi. Among the last of the generations of titans of Indian politics. A secessionist-turned-nationalist who taught India to start trusting regional leaders and parties as patriots— Shekhar Gupta (@ShekharGupta) August 7, 2018
Shashi Tharoor, Writer and MP, Thiruvananthapuram, said "a giant of Indian politics as CM of Tamil Nadu & a screenplay writer who gave voice to the Dravidian movement through his immortal dialogues. Tamil politics can never be the same again. RIP.
Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal CM and Founder of All India Trinamool Congress, tweeted:
Today India lost one of its greatest sons. And Tamil Nadu lost its father figure. Farewell @Kalaignar89. My deepest condolences to the people of Tamil Nadu, @arivalayam, @mkstalin, @KanimozhiDMK and family. India mourns your loss— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) August 7, 2018
Sarbabananda Sonowal, Chief Minister of Assam, offered his condolences and said:
Saddened by the demise of former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Kalaignar Karunanidhi, one of the tallest statesmen and mass leader of Indian politics.— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) August 7, 2018
I offer my condolences to the bereaved family and people of Tamil Nadu in this moment of grief.
Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, tweeted:
Saddened to know about the demise of Thiru M.Karunanidhi. May His soul rest in peace. My deepest condolences to the people of Tamil Nadu.— Nitin Gadkari (@nitin_gadkari) August 7, 2018
Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Civil Aviation, condoled the political stalwart's death. He said:
Deepest condolences to the family and supporters of Shri M. Karunanidhi ji as his earthly sojourn comes to a close. He was a leader loved by millions both in and outside Tamil Nadu for his contribution towards the society at large. May his soul rest in peace.— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) August 7, 2018