DMK chief Karunanidhi no more

08 August, 2018, 00:36 | Author: Carlos George
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M. Karunanidhi, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and chief of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party, casts his vote at a polling station in Chennai April 13, 2011. Abirami Ramanathan and Rohini Pannerselvam, who are members of the Theatre's Association have cancelled all the shows of evening and night across the state.

"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".

The DMK chief was admitted to Kauvery Hospital for the first time on July 18 for change of tracheostomy tube.

In 1961, he was made treasurer of the DMK and deputy leader of the opposition when the party made its debut in the state assembly the following year. On July 29, his vitals seemed to fluctuated for sometime after which the hospital issued a bulletin saying that his condition had stabilised.

DMK supporters gather near the Kauvery Hospital where Karunanidhi in undergoing treatment, in Chennai on Tuesday. Admitted in hospital since July 28, Karunanidhi's blood pressure has been on a fluctuating mode and he continues to be hospitalised for his age-related ailments. He founded a regional organisation and promoted his political idea through handwritten newspaper Manavar Nesan.

M Karunanidhi a 13-time lawmaker has never lost an election personally since 1957
M Karunanidhi a 13-time lawmaker has never lost an election personally since 1957

An atheist and self-declared rationalist, Mr Karunanidhi rose to political prominence in the 1940s as part of the Dravidian movement - which challenged the supremacy of upper caste Brahmins - and through his participation in anti-Hindi language agitations. Journalist at 14 The DMK patriarch left studies when he was merely 14 years old and ventured into politics. He was one of the (most senior) leaders of India.

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

June 1991: Quits Harbour Assembly seat, owning moral responsibility for DMK's defeat in the General elections that year. Jayalalithas holds the record of becoming the CM of Tamil Nadu six times.

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. He had four sons, namely M K Muthu, M K Alagiri, M K Stalin, M K Tamilarasu and two daughters, Selvi and Kanimozhi.

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