V P Singh was protector of social justice: CM,leaders grieve

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Chennai, Nov 27 (UNI) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and leaders of various political parties in the state today expressed shock and grief over the death of former Prime Minister V P Singh and offered their condolences.

Mr Karunanidhi, in a message here, said the death of Singh, who was a symbol of culture, tradition and principles, was an irreparable loss to the country.

Describing him as the protector of social justice, artist and his best friend, the Chief Minister said he was deeply grieved by his death.

His contributions to Tamil Nadu when he was Prime Minister were historic, he said adding that the state was indebted to him for constituting a tribunal to resolve the Cauvery dispute, implementing the Mandal Commission recommendations on Reservation for Backward Classes and naming the airports after Anna and Kamaraj.

He would remain alive for ever in the history, Mr Karunanidhi said and offered his condolences to the latter's family members.

Expressing shock and grief, TNCC President K V Thangabalu said he buried all his political differences and was friendly with leaders of all political parties. His death was a great loss to the country, he said.

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