Led by Karunanidhi TN leaders condole Surjeet's death

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Chennai, Aug 1 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, AIADMK General secretary J Jayalalithaa and leaders of various political parties today condoled the death of communist veteran Harkishan Singh Surjeet.

Mr Karunanidhi, in his message, expressed shock and grief over the death of his long time friend, whom, he said had great love for DMK and himself.

The Dravidian veteran said he was reminded of the time he had spent with Mr Surjeet along with his late nephew and former Union Minsiter Murasoli Maran discussing various issues.

Mr Surjeet's service to the party and the nation, unmindful of his age, was commendable, Mr Karunanidhi said, adding his death was a great loss to the party and the nation.

He offered his condolences to his family, senior leaders and commrades.

Ms Jayalalithaa, in her message, said she was deeply grieved to learn of the passing away of Mr Surjeet. He started his political career in the National Liberation Movement as a follower of Bhagat Singh and had been a staunch Communist ever since.

When he was at the helm of CPI(M) for 13 long years, he played the role of a kingmaker in Parliamentary politics, mending and assembling broad coalitions. He was known for his steadfast opposition to communalism, Ms Jayalaithaa said.

His passing away was an irrepairable loss to farmers and working people of the nation. The people of India have lost an illustrious Parliamentarian, a great humanist and a true patriot who had untiringly served the country,'' she said and offered her condolences to his family.

Marumalarchi DMK (MDMK) General secretary Vaiko, who called on Mr Surjeet when he was in the hospital, expressed shock and grief over the death.

Recalling his 25-year-long association with the veteran Communist, Mr Vaiko said Mr Sujeet was always affectionate to him.

His death was a loss to socialism and Indian politics.

CPI state unit secretary D Pandian, offering condolences on behalf of the state unit said Mr Surjeet having participated in the freedom struggle, worked for the people till he breathed last. He was the symbol of public service. As a mark of respect the party flag would fly half mast, Mr Pandian said.

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