Chennai, August 8: “Can I call you Appa for one last time my leader,” DMK leader M.K. Stalin penned an emotional letter to his departed father and party leader M. Karunanidhi on Wednesday.
After the Madras High Court allowed the burial of Karunanidhi on Marina beach, Stalin appealed to the agitated DMK people to maintain peace in this hour of sorrow.
Earlier, the Tamil Nadu government informed that it would not challenge Madras High Court’s order.
“I request the cadre to remain calm, I did not want anything for myself. All I want is a fitting tribute to Kalaignar,” said an emotional Stalin.
“Those who are in power are trying to create chaos, but you have all shown the strength of the cadres. I appeal to everyone to maintain peace,” said Stalin.
Chief Minister for five times and leader of DMK party for 50 years, the 94-year-old Karunanidhi breathed his last here owing to age related ailments in a private hospital here.
Stalin in his letter to his father said: “Rather than calling you as Appa, Appa, I have called you as Thalaivaray, Thalaivaray (my leader) more number of times. Can I call you as Appa once Thalaivaray.”
Stalin asked his departed father Karunanidhi as to why he did not tell where he was going this time when his habit was always to inform his destination before starting out.
“Thirty-three years back, you had said your grave should have the words… the person who had worked without rest is resting here. Have you departed with the satisfaction of having worked hard for the Tamil community,” added Stalin.