Sonia Gandhi calls M Karunanidhi’s death ‘very personal’, says he was a ‘father figure’ to her

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New Delhi: United Progressive Alliance (UPA) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi called the death of 94-year-old Muthuvel Karunanidhi, who was popularly known as Kalaignar, a personal loss and added that he was like a “father figure” to her in her condolence letter addressed to Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) President and his son MK Stalin. Calling Karunanidhi as towering figure in Tamil Nadu as well as national politics, Sonia wrote that he always stood for social justice, equality and development of Tamil Nadu.

Karunanidhi breathed his last at 6:10 pm on Tuesday at Chennai’s Kauvery Hospital. He was admitted to the hospital on July 28, 2018 after his blood pressure dropped. The five-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu had been in active politics from 1938 when he joined the Justice Party, which later became the Dravida Kazhagam.

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