Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expresses grief over death of M Karunanidhi

07 August, 2018, 21:43 | Author: Donnie King
  • #JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader M Karunanidhi breathed his last on Tuesday evening at the Kauvery Hospital after a prolonged struggle with failing health.

"Despite the best possible efforts by a team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond".

M Karunanidhi, who was popularly referred to as Kalaignar, was admitted to the hospital on 28th July 2018 after he contracted urinary tract infection and developed a high fever. After the DMK chief's death was announced and when news spread that the Tamil Nadu government had refused to allot a space on Marina Beach as the leader's final resting place, party workers started shouting slogans condemning the government's decision.

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.

A spate of visitors have visited the five times chief minister of Tamil Nadu during the past few days, including President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda.




He was elected to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly 12 times. He refused to pay the penalty, stayed in prison for more than a year and since then came to be known as "Kallakudi konda Karunanidhi" (Karunanidhi who won Kallakudi). When his death became imminent.

The biggest blot in Karunanidhi's political life was his decision to support the BJP-led government at the centre in 1999 when Jayalalithaa withdrew her support.

In his long political career, if there could be one single issue that has continued to trouble Karunanidhi and his party, politically, it is corruption charges.

As a writer, he wrote poems, screenplays, novels, biographies, historical novels and screenplays.

Several decisions and measures related to the growth of industry in the state were taken during his various tenures. Kanimozhi was a Rajya Sabha MP.

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