DMK chief M Karunanidhi said he has lost a good friend in Mahalingam. "From my youth, I knew Mahalingam and he was a good friend and both of us participated in several functions together," said Karunanidhi.
The DMK chief recalled an incident in Coimbatore in 1969 when he was chief minister during which a function ended in disaster due to sudden rain. "Mahalingam, despite being hurt badly, apologised profusely," he said.
PMK chief S Ramadoss said Mahalingam was a follower of Mahatma Gandhi and Ramalinga Vallalar and had given shape to the Parambikulam Aliyar project when Mahalingam was the MLA thrice. The death of Mahalingam is a loss to several people and especially to the followers of Gandhiji and Vallalar, said Ramadoss. MDMK chief Vaiko and others have also condoled the death.
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