Chennai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met DMK supremo M Karunanidhi at the latter’s Gopalapuram residence here which lasted about 20 minutes. Modi sat next to Karunanidhi and held his hands.

Earlier, DMK Working President and Karunanidhi’s son, M K Stalin, welcomed the Prime Minister at the gate and honoured him with a red shawl.

Modi was accompanied by Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan and state BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan.

DMK leaders including Kanimozhi, who is the daughter of Karunanidhi, were also present.

Later, the wheelchair-bound Karunanidhi made a brief appearance outside and waved at his supporters who cheered him.

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had called on the nonagenarian DMK patriarch at his residence in December, 2016.