Speaking on the occasion, Mukherjee described Karunakaran as an outstanding politician of the contemporary period.
"He had a long and colourful legislative life. He entered political life at a young age and was member of the Praja Mandalom of Kochi, the Travancore- Kochi Assembly as well as the Kerala Legislative Assembly. He saw the evolution of the state from colonial and princely rule to a modern vibrant democracy," said Mukherjee.
"He was a versatile personality and the rare combination of a popular leader and skilled administrator. If Kerala is today a model state in terms of socio-economic indicators, it is also because of the contributions of Shri Karunakaran," he added.
--ANI (Posted on 21-12-2013)