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Karunanidhi to be laid to rest at Marina Beach after court order

spot is significant as three other former chief ministers including J Jayalalithaa have memorials there

As the DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi passed away on Tuesday after a long illness, it is now decided that he will be buried at Chennai’s Marina Beach.

The spot is significant as three other former chief ministers including J Jayalalithaa have memorials there.

Earlier the DMK contested in the court a plan according to which the burial site will be between that of his mentor CN Annadurai and Ms Jayalalithaa.

Jayalalithaa was Karunanidhi’s biggest rival in Tamil Nadu politics.

The plan was finalized after the ruling AIADMK’s decision to reject a burial site for Karunanidhi at Marina Beach was overruled by the Madras High Court today.

The government offered a two-acre plot near Gandhi Mandapam, the memorial dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi.

When Jayalalithaa died as chief minister in 2016, her AIADMK skirted a ban on construction within 500 metres from the waterfront to enable a memorial for her near that of her mentor MG Ramachandran.

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