Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK co-coordinator Edappadi K Palaniswami's mother Davusayammal died of a heart attack on Tuesday in Salem. She was 93 and passed away at a private hospital in the western city of Tamil Nadu. She is survived by two sons including Palaniswami and a daughter.
Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, DMK chief M K Stalin, BJP state unit president L Murugan, PMK founder leader S Ramadoss, DMDK general secretary Vijayakanth and Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi top leader Thol Thirumavalavan were among those who condoled her death. In a press release issued by the state government, Telangana Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan, General Secretary of MDMK Vaiko, and actor Rajinikanth expressed their condolences via phone call.
மாண்புமிகு முதல்வர் திரு. எடப்பாடி கே. பழனிச்சாமி அவர்களின் தாயார் திருமதி. கே. தவசாயி அம்மாள் அவர்களின் மறைவிற்கு கண்ணீர் அஞ்சலியை காணிக்கையாக்குகிறோம். pic.twitter.com/kgKoLgPNgZ— AIADMK (@AIADMKOfficial) October 13, 2020
முதலமைச்சர் திரு.பழனிசாமி அவர்களின் தாயார் திருமதி.தவசாயி அம்மாள் மறைவெய்திய செய்தியால் மனவேதனைக்கு உள்ளானேன்.— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) October 13, 2020
அவரைத் தொடர்புகொண்டு ஆறுதல் தெரிவித்தேன்.
அன்புமிக்க அன்னையை இழந்து வாடும் @CMOTamilNadu, குடும்பத்தினர்க்கு எனது ஆழ்ந்த அனுதாபமும் ஆறுதல்களும்! pic.twitter.com/qnZfbvZaC1
#மறைவு: மாண்புமிகு தமிழக முதல்வரின் அருமை தாயார் #தவசாயி_அம்மாள்(93) காலமானதையறிந்து வேதனைப் படுகிறேன்.— Thol. Thirumavalavan (@thirumaofficial) October 13, 2020
மறைந்த அன்னைக்கு அஞ்சலியைச் செலுத்துகிறேன்.
அவரை இழந்து துயருரும் முதல்வர் உள்ளிட்ட அவரது குடும்பத்தினர் யாவருக்கும் ஆழ்ந்த இரங்கலைத் தெரிவித்துக் கொள்கிறேன்.@CMOTamilNadu pic.twitter.com/jlnEJrm7IS
The nonagenarian, admitted to hospital due to age related illness died of heart attack in the wee hours and immediately, Palaniswami set out for his home district Salem by car from Chennai. The body was brought to the CM's residence at Siluvampalayam village near Edappadi in Salem district from the hospital. On reaching his home, Palaniswami was moved to tears as he paid his last respects to his mother. His elder brother K Govindarajan performed the last rites, government sources said.
The Chief Minister's father V Karuppa Gounder passed away in 2004. Local people, State Ministers S P Velumani, P Thangamani, K A Sengottaiyan, K C Karuppannan, M R Vijayabaskar, V Saroja and K T Rajenthra Bhalaji, AIADMK leaders including deputy co-ordinator K P Munusamy were among those who paid homage.
Later, in a procession, the body was taken in a hearse decked with flowers and garlands to the village burial ground and cremated. Extending his condolences, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit said: "The passing away of mother who had nurtured right from birth with her unconditional love and sacrifices is an irreparable loss. I pray to Almighty God to rest her soul forever in eternal peace and give strength to Thiru K Palaniswami and his family to overcome this unfathomable loss."
AIADMK coordinator Panneerselvam said he was shocked and grieved to learn her death and conveyed condolences on his and party's behalf to Palaniswami and his family. Stalin spoke to the Chief Minister and extended his sympathies and condolences. Palaniswami's official programmes have been cancelled for a couple of days.
(With inputs from PTI)