Karunanidhi demise: State funeral for DMK Patriarch on Wednesday

07 August, 2018, 21:42 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • #JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister M. Karunanidhi died at at 6.10pm after suffering from prolonged illness, the city hospital where the leader was admitted, said.

The 94-year-old five-time Tamil Nadu chief minister had been admitted to a hospital in Chennai on July 28 following a dip in blood pressure.

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

In 1957, he was first elected to the Tamil Nadu assembly from the Kulithalai assembly of Thiruchirapalli district, one among the first 15 MLAs elected to the then Madras Legislative Assembly on a DMK ticket.

Born in the backward Isai Vellala community in the obscure village of Thirukuvalai in Thanjavur district to Muthuvel and Anjugam on June 3, 1924, he has climbed up a hard ladder to rise as one of the towering personalities in Indian politics.

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Karunanidhi's death ends the decades long atheist, anti-Hindi, caste-less phase of Tamil politics. The circular from the Government's Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan states that since there are many cases against allocating spaces for political leaders' memorial at Marina are ongoing in the Madras High Court, allocating space for Karunanidhi's memorial at the same site will create legal issues and hence the request can not be accommodated.

His last tweet was also a photo with Karunanidhi, when he went to wish him for his 94th birthday in June. He was one of the (most senior) leaders of India. Tamil Nadu is now in a unsafe state of non-governance. Mr Karunanidhi's DMK swept the election, riding a wave of anti-incumbency.

Like his mentor Annadurai, Karunanidhi used his writing skills to further the ideology of the Dravidian movement through Tamil cinema. He was survived by two wives.

All India Dravida Munntra founder MG Ramachandran, former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and DMK founder C Annadurai have been buried at the Marina beach.

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