M Karunanidhi: Veteran Indian politician dies at 94

#JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

#JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

Ambulance carrying Karunanidhi's mortal remains has left Kauvery hospital and is on its way to DMK Patriarch's Gopalapuram residence.

Five times Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and 12 times MLA M Karunanidhi passed away at Chennai's Kauvery Hospital today.

The medical bulletin released on July 31 had informed that the former Chief Minister requires an extended period of hospitalisation due to age-related overall decline in Karunanidhi's general health, altered liver function and haematological parameters.

His sharp dialogues and screenplay in Parasakthi (1952) made the movie a trendsetter in Tamil cinema.

At the age of 14, M Karunanidhi entered politics. His supporters and fans in Tamil Nadu were anxiously waiting to hear good news about his health after he was admitted to hospital on July 28. He began his public life working under social reformer Periyar EV Ramasamy, but cast his lot with CN Annadurai when he founded the DMK in 1948.

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Several DMK figures were involved in the film industry before venturing into politics. Later, he founded Tamil Nadu Tamil Manavar Mandram. For the past few years, Karunanidhi was confined to a wheelchair.

Karunanidhi's predecessor Annadurai was also in office when he died.

Known as a charismatic leader and fiery orator, Mr Karunanidhi led his party in the elections in Tamil Nadu in 2016 when he was 91.

Karunanidhi's government was dismissed twice.

The DMK lost the elections to Ms J. Jayalalithaa of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, but Mr Karunanidhi still won his seat in his constituency of Tiruvarur. DMK cadres turned violent after the state government led by AIADMK said no to allot the land for at the Marina Beach. His three wives were late Padmavathy, Dayalu and Rajathi. Many of his close family members served as lawmakers and his son M. K. Stalin is his de facto successor. Kanimozhi who Karunanidhi declared as his literary heir is a second term Rajya Sabha MP and DMK's women wing secretary.

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