No Objection To M Karunanidhi Burial At Marina Beach, Petitioner Tells Madras HC After Controversy

| August 8 , 2018 , 09:32 IST

Traffic Ramaswamy, the petitioner who had objected to the burial of DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi at the Marina beach in Chennai, on Wednesday withdrew his objection petition from the Madras High Court, paving the way for the burial of Karunanidhi, who passed away at the age of 94 on Tuesday.

The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday rejected the Opposition DMK's demand for burial space on the Marina beach for Karunanidhi, sparking controversy and backlash, especially since ruling party AIADMK's Jayalalithaa had been buried at the very same Marina beach when she died in 2016.

Doraisamy, the lawyer of Traffic Ramaswamy said to media on Wednesday, "I withdraw all cases in this regard because Kalaignar Karunanidhi is important for us. So now, there are no legal hurdles for the government."

He added, "'We have no objection to the burial land for Karunanidhi."

The Madras High Court directed Ramaswamy's lawyer to file a memorandum stating that he has no objection to the burial of Karunanidhi at Marina beach.

Supporters of Karunanidhi raised slogans as well, calling for space to be granted for burial of the 5 time Tamil Nadu chief minister at the Marina beach.

"Long live our Kalaignar's fame. Give Place, Give Place: Give Place at Marina," crowds chanted at Rajaji Hall, where Karunanidhi's mortal remains were kept.

The DMK's lawyer told the Madras HC, "There are 1 crore DMK followers in Tamil Nadu out of 7 crore population of the state. They'll be offended if burial land is not allotted for Karunanidhi at Marina beach."

Apart from the DMK and its supporters, Opposition leaders including Congress President Rahul Gandhi, CPI(M) Secretary General Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader D Raja and actor-politician Rajinikanth also backed the DMK's demand for burial space on the Marina beach.

The ruling AIADMK, on the other hand, had offered 2 acres of space near the memorials of former chief ministers C Rajagopalachari and K Kamaraj.

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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 complications," referring to petitions calling for stopping of burials at the beach out of concern for the environment.  

Congress President Rahul Gandhi in a tweet said that like the late chief minister J Jayalalithaa, Karunanidhi was an expression of the voice of the Tamil people and that he "deserves to be given space on the Marina beach."

"Like Jayalalitha ji, Kalaignar (Karunanidhi) was an expression of the voice of the Tamil people. That voice deserves to be given space on Marina Beach. I am sure the current leaders of Tamil Nadu will be magnanimous in this time of grief," he said in a tweet.