PM Modi Mourns the Loss of Vijayakanth, Recalls Fond Memories and Contributions

The passing of Vijayakanth, the founder of the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazgam (DMDK), has led to an outpouring of condolences from leaders across the political spectrum. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed deep sorrow, reminiscing about his personal connection with Vijayakanth. He described the late leader as a dear friend, an iconic figure in Tamil cinema, and a dedicated politician.

Expressing his grief on Twitter, PM Modi wrote, “Extremely saddened by the passing away of Thiru Vijayakanth Ji. A legend of the Tamil film world, his charismatic performances captured the hearts of millions. As a political leader, he was deeply committed to public service, leaving a lasting impact on Tamil Nadu’s political landscape.” The Prime Minister further added, “His passing leaves a void that will be hard to fill. He was a close friend and I fondly recall my interactions with him over the years. In this sad hour, my thoughts are with his family, fans, and numerous followers. Om Shanti.”

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi also conveyed his condolences, acknowledging Vijayakanth’s significant contributions to both cinema and politics. “Deeply saddened by the demise of DMDK founder, Thiru Vijayakanth ji. His contributions to cinema and politics have left an indelible mark on the hearts of millions. My heartfelt condolences to his family and fans during this difficult time,” Rahul Gandhi expressed on social media.

Furthermore, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge paid tribute to Vijayakanth, recognizing his multifaceted legacy. “We are deeply saddened by the passing away of DMDK Founder and President, Captain Vijayakanth. A prolific actor and a leader who was staunchly admired by the people, his contribution to the social and political empowerment of Tamil Nadu shall always be remembered. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends, admirers, and followers,” Kharge stated.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin paid his respects at Vijayakanth’s residence after his demise. Stalin announced that Vijayakanth would be laid to rest with State Honours, showcasing the profound regard for the late leader.

Vijayakanth, renowned for his prolific career in Tamil cinema featuring in 154 movies, made a significant foray into politics by founding the DMDK in 2005. His political journey, marked by highs and lows, saw the DMDK emerging as a key player in Tamil Nadu’s political landscape. Vijayakanth’s leadership as the Opposition leader from 2011 to 2016 earned him widespread recognition.

Despite the rifts that led to the DMDK severing ties with the AIADMK, Vijayakanth’s impact on Tamil Nadu’s social and political realms remains an integral part of his legacy.

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