'CM, entire cabinet should have attended Karuna's burial'August 14, 2018 09:02
Top Tamil star Rajinikanth today suggested that Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his entire cabinet should have attended the burial of late DMK President M Karunanidhi last week at the Marina beach.
The actor said he would have launched a protest if the government had appealed against a Madras high court verdict, directing it to provide burial space to the Dravidian stalwart on Marina beach.
Speaking at a memorial event organised by the South Indian Artistes Association for Karunanidhi, the actor said that many leaders, ranging from state Governor Banwarilal Purohit to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, were present during the burial of Karunanidhi at the Marina.
"For his burial, the whole of India came. State honours were given by members of the three armed forces. He was given a 21 gun salute.
"But one thing remains. The Governor, many Chief Ministers and Congress president Rahul Gandhi had come. Tamil Nadu's first citizen, the Chief Minister, shouldn't he have come? Should not the entire cabinet have come? What will people think? Are you MGR (AIADMK founder M G Ramachandran) or Jayalalithaa," he asked.
Image: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, along with former Union minister A Raja, at Rajaji Hall in Chennai to pay his last respects to the DMK patriarch. Photograph: P Ravikumar/Reuters