Prime Minister Manmohan Singh flew in from
He was cremated near the tomb of his wife Kalyanikkuttti Amma, who died 15 years back, at their Murali Mandiram house at Poonkunnam on the outskirts of the town. His son K Muralidharan lit the funeral pyre at .
The prime minister could not make it to the funeral due to space constraints and security concerns at the small house where the ‘Leader’, as Karunakaran was addressed both by his followers and detractors spent his early days as a politician with his wife and children. However, Defence Minister A K Antony and several state ministers attended the funeral.
Director General of Police Jacob Punnoose led the official ceremony giving state honours to the four-time chief minister with a gun salute. Policemen fired in the air as a mark of respect for Karunakaran known for his tough handling of the law and order.
The body was brought to Thrissur from the state capital Thiruvananthapuram in the morning, which took almost 19 hours. A large number of mourners, including women and children waited from early morning to catch one last glimpse of the leader whom they elected from the district several times.
Singh arrived by a special flight from
In his condolence message sent to Muralidharan earlier, the prime minister described Karunakaran as a leader widely respected.
“He was elected three times to the Rajya Sabha and twice to the Lok Sabha, and was the union minister for industries in the mid nineties,” Singh recalled. “On a personal note, I had the privilege of benefiting from Karunakaranji’s wisdom and experience many times. He was generous with his advice, which was always sagacious. I will miss him as a senior leader, a valued colleague in the Congress Party and a close friend.”
“May his soul rest in peace..........”
Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi paying homage to Shri. K Karunakaran
Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, paying homage to Shri. K Karunakaran