Bhubaneswar: Expressing deep grief over the sad demise of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and DMK President M. Karunanidhi, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said his demise marks the end of an era in Tamil Nadu.
The Chief Minister described Karunanidhi as the tallest leader of Tamil Nadu, who played a key role in social change and reforms in his state.
“In fact, he was much ahead of his times. As the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for several times, he had made significant contributions in the development of the state and had played a crucial role in national politics as well,” said Patnaik.
He said Karunanidhi had also made immense contributions to Tamil literature and cinema.
“His demise marks the end of an era in Tamil Nadu and India lost one of its worthiest sons,” said Patnaik.
The Chief Minister prayed peace and tranquillity for the departed soul and expressed deep sympathies with the family members.
The Chief Minister had directed Finance minister Shasibhusan Behera and former minister Devi Prasad Mishra to attend the funeral of late Karunanidhi.
Notably, Chief Minister Patnaik is in Mumbai to attend a roadshow on August 8 in order to attract investment to Odisha during the Make in Odisha conclave scheduled to be held in November this year.