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

#JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

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

DMK supporters outside Chennai's Kauvery Hospital where DMK President M. Karunanidhi breathed his last on Tuesday. Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan had said Karunanidhi will not be buried by the Anna Memorial on the beach, Puthiya Thalaimurai reported. However, after his blood pressure dipped, he was admitted to Kauvery Hospital.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is expected to attend the funeral, tweeted: "Deeply saddened by the passing away of Kalaignar Karunanidhi".

"As the DMK began to engage in electoral politics, the hard edge of social reform in its films was softened and the films increasingly became vehicles for promoting the party as such rather than reform ideology". A doyen of our public life, as a contributor to the development of Tamil Nadu and of India he has few peers.

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Addressed as Mu Ka, Tamil abbreviation of his name, by his peers, Karunanidhi's letters to DMK cadres in party mouthpiece Murasoli and his autobiography-cum-commentary on contemporary politics Nenjukku Needhi, are the favourite reading material for his supporters.

The same year he parted with 50% of the seats to the Congress in the Assembly elections but the alliance was not fruitful and MGR won.

This morning, his family members including son and DMK working president M K Stalin, daughter and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi and others visited the hospital. Karunanidhi with M.G. Ramachandran's - the biggest movie star of Tamil cinema - help was able to emerge as the chief minister. The state government has presently allotted a place near Gandhi Mandapam for DMK patriarch Karunanidhi's burial. Jayalalithas holds the record of becoming the CM of Tamil Nadu six times. MGR was expelled from the party the same year, and he floated the AIADMK, an event that marked the advent of bipolar politics in Tamil Nadu. He founded a regional organisation and promoted his political idea through handwritten newspaper Manavar Nesan. He silenced the critics who deemed him too old for contesting elections by becoming the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time at the staggering age of 82!

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