A steady stream of mourners led by Congress President Sonia Gandhi paid homage to veteran Congress leader K. Karunakaran at his residence here where his body is kept.

The UPA Chairperson, accompanied by Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, placed a wreath and paid her respects to Karunakaran, who passed away at a private hospital on Thursday after a prolonged illness.

Ms. Gandhi spoke to Karunakaran’s politician son Mr. Muraleedharan and daughter Padmaja Venugopal and conveyed her condolences.

The body of Karunakaran is kept at KPCC headquarters Indira Bhavan for the public to pay respects to the stalwart who has left his own political legacy in the state as his career spanned over seven decades.

Later, his body would be kept at the government secretariat Durbar Hall before the funeral procession starts for Thrissur, where it would be cremated with full state honours tomorrow.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is scheduled to attend the funeral, Congress sources said.

Union Ministers A K Antony, Vayalar Ravi, and other senior Congress leaders from the state paid their respects to the departed leader.

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