How M Karunanidhi became Kalaignar | Life and time of the DMK patriarch

08 August, 2018, 00:58 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • #JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

Kauvery hospital had said yesterday evening that Karunanidhi's condition had "declined" and keeping his vital organs functioning remained a "challenge".

The 94-year-old was being treated for fever and urinary tract infection reported The Hindu.

DMK patriarch Karunanidhi was admitted to the Kauvery Hospital on July 28 following a dip in his blood pressure. "So technically, former Chief Minister should be on the other side where other former CMs are buried", said Gurumurthy.

Tamil Nadu Congress Committee chief Su Thirunavukkarasar too visted the hospital and after meeting the DMK president's family members told reporters that there was a "slight decline in his health this morning".

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Meanwhile, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, Nitin Gadkari is set to visit Kauvery Hospital later tonight to enquire the health condition of Karunanidhi.

Karunanidhi's son and DMK working president, M K Stalin, had written to Chief Minister K Palaniswami, seeking space inside the mausoleum complex of the departed leader's mentor, C N Annadurai, at the Marina.

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.

Karunanidhi, who always appeared in public with dark glasses and a yellow shawl draped on a shoulder, built his career fighting oppression by Brahmins, a priestly community at the top of the Hindu caste system.

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"He is, without a doubt, the most senior statesman in the state's political arena".

A high school dropout, Mr Karunanidhi got involved in social and political work at an early age. With time, he rose in power and position within the party and was the party's treasurer by 1961.

Like Jayalalitha ji, Kalaignar was an expression of the voice of the Tamil people.

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.

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