Five-time Tamil Nadu CM Karunanidhi passes away

Marsha Scott
August 8, 2018

Earlier, the Tamil Nadu government rejected DMK's request to allot space for burying the mortal remains of Karunanidhi near party founder C N Annadurai's memorial at the Marina Beach, citing legal hurdles. "All the government offices, schools, and colleges will be closed tomorrow", read the govt statement. Shops in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu were also closed today and police security was beefed up across the state.

The doctors treating DMK president M Karunanidhi have said that the next 24 hours were crucial as the 94-year-old politician's health condition deteriorated.

After assuming the reins of the government, Karunanidhi became the DMK chief in July 1969, a post that he held till death.

Karunanidhi was born on June 3, 1924 in a small village named Thirukkuvalai in Tamil Nadu.

Karunanidhi, 94, was admitted to the hospital on July 28 and his condition worsened on Monday.

During Mr Karunanidhi's last illness, both Rajinkanth and fellow-actor-politician Kamal Haasan had gone to meet Karunanidhi multiple times.

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Popularly known as "Kalaignar", Tamil for artist, Karunanidhi made his foray into politics in 1957 when he was elected to the legislative assembly of what was then known as Madras state.

Leading them was Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He outshone many a celebrity, as he presided over the destiny of the Dravidian state along with his tinsel town co-travellers and arch rivals in politics - MG Ramachandran and his protegee J Jayalalithaa - for decades.

This has not gone down well with the DMK cadres as well as the majority of people of TN. After Jayalalitha's death and Karunanidhi's demise, there will be a vacuum left in Tamil Nadu politics. Parasakthi, a successful play written by Pavalar Balasundaram, was penned for the screen by Karunanidhi in 1952.

The same year he parted with 50% of the seats to the Congress in the Assembly elections but the alliance was not fruitful and MGR won. The state government has presently allotted a place near Gandhi Mandapam for DMK patriarch Karunanidhi's burial.

He is survived by four sons and two daughters.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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