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DMK chief Kalaignar passes away; supporters throng, security beefed up

#JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94 Karunanidhi LIVE Updates | DMK chief Kalaignar passes away; supporters throng, security beefed up
Leonard Rios | 07 August, 2018, 21:44

Hundreds of his supporters have swarmed the hospital praying for the well-being of the leader.

M. Karunanidhi, five-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu and one of the dominant figures in the politics of southern India for half a century, died on Tuesday at the age of 94.

"On behalf of the United States Mission in India, I wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of former Chief Minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi and the people of Tamil Nadu".

Karunanidhi made his presence felt in Tamil cinema as a playwright and screenwriter. Both were bitter foes of Karunanidhi in politics.

This is a significant loss to Tamil Nadu Politics given that Jayalalithaa has expired very recently and tremors of the loss are still being felt in the state. 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.

A regional party leader becoming indispensable in the national political sphere was something remarkable, said Senthilnathan.

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He founded the first student wing of the Dravidan Movement- Tamil Nadu Tamil Manavar Mandram and also started a newspaper- Murasoli on Aug 10, 1942. For the past few years, Karunanidhi was confined to a wheelchair.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has led tributes to the veteran leader.

Continuing Annadurai's argument that an ideal Centre is the one which left sufficient powers with the states and kept just enough power with itself to protect the integrity and sovereignty of the country, Karunanidhi continued to work on the footsteps of his predecessor. It is only sitting Chief Ministers who are buried on the Marina Beach. In 2004 Lok Sabha polls, DMK floated a rainbow alliance with Congress and won all the 40 seats in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry.

Karunanidhi's government was dismissed twice. His three wives were late Padmavathy, Dayalu and Rajathi.

Stalin was accompanied by some party colleagues. The state government has presently allotted a place near Gandhi Mandapam for DMK patriarch Karunanidhi's burial.

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