#JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

#JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 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". "All the government offices, schools, and colleges will be closed tomorrow", read the govt statement.

He was being treated for age-related illnesses in Chennai (formerly Madras) in southern India's Tamil Nadu state.

Karunanidhi passes away at 94: Supporters and DMK cadres following the death of DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Tuesday evening turned violent over the issue of Karunanidhi's resting place. "Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond", a press release by Dr Aravindan Selvaraj, executive director of Kauvery Hospital, said.

The death of "Kalaignar" M Karunanidhi would remain a "black day" in his life, actor-politician Rajinikanth said today.

Mr Karunanidhi was admitted to Kauvery Hospital on July 28 after suffering a drop in his blood pressure and a urinary tract infection. "If MGR was the welfare agenda man, bordering on populism, much of Karunanidhi's politics focused on creating infrastructure", said political analyst TS Sudhir.




Mr Karunanidhi managed to keep Tamil Nadu in the national spotlight by entering into alliances with the current ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in 1990 and then the Congress in 2004.

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. Many were seen weeping and chanting slogans hailing the leader. His unfortunate demise has shattered the heart of many celebs in Tamil Nadu.

Karunanidhi penned screenplays and dialogues for over 50 movies.

In the years that followed, the state government alternated between Karunanidhi and its main political rival, the AIADMK.

Former chief minister M G Ramachandran and his protegee J Jayalalitha were buried at the Marina beach and memorials to them were erected there. He was survived by two wives.

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