Good orator: Karunanidhi; irreparable loss: Jayalalithaa
CHENNAI: Cutting across party lines, political leaders on Wednesday paid tribute to former Speaker K. Kalimuthu, who died earlier in the day.
Former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, accompanied by party leaders, paid homage by placing a wreath. A large crowd of workers belonging to AIADMK and MDMK also paid their respects to the departed AIADMK leader.
Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi has condoled the death of the former Speaker. Conveying his condolences to the bereaved family, Mr. Karunanidhi said that even from his student days, Kalimuthu had associated himself with the Dravidian movement and participated in the language stir. He was a good writer and an orator.
In her condolence message, Ms. Jayalalithaa said Kalimuthu was a litterateur, who dedicated himself to the policies of the party and propagated them. Since the time of the language agitation, he was steadfast in achievement of his goal.
Whether it was ministership or speakership, he discharged his duties and responsibilities efficiently. He had worked for the party till his last breath. His death was an irreparable loss to the AIADMK.
Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president M.Krishnasswamy said he was a good orator who was associated with M.G.Ramachandran since the formation of the AIADMK. The TNCC expressed its condolences to the bereaved members of the family.
PMK founder S.Ramadoss said Kalimuthu joined politics out of his sheer love for Tamil. He was a good orator in Tamil.
General secretary of the Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam Vaiko said Kalimuthu was a simple and humble man, who worked for the cause of development of Tamil and the Dravidian movement.
Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam leader Vijayakant said Kalimuthu's death was a great loss not only to the AIADMK but also to Tamil Nadu.
BJP leader L.Ganesan said Kalimuthu was one who transcended party barriers.
Former Union Minister S.Thirunavukkarasar, Dravidar Kazhagam president K.Veeramani, president of Tamil Nadu Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam M.H.Jawahirullah, president of the State unit of the Indian Union Muslim League, K.M.Kader Mohideen, MP, president of the State unit of the Nationalist Congress Party G.P.Sarathy, and the Tamil Maanila Muslim League have condoled Kalimuthu's death.