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

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

Two DMK cadres lost their lives after hearing about the demise of their revered leader M Karunanidhi in Tamil Nadu. "All the government offices, schools, and colleges will be closed tomorrow", read the govt statement. The state government has presently allotted a place near Gandhi Mandapam for DMK patriarch Karunanidhi's burial.

Karunanidhi was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital on July 28 following a dip in his blood pressure, which stabilised after medical intervention.

A medical bulletin released by the Kauvery Hospital at 6.30 pm on Monday said there has been a decline in the medical condition of Karunanidhi.

Hundreds of his supporters had swarmed the Kauvery Hospital, praying for the well-being of the leader.

Even at 92 Karunanidhi hoped to have another shot at the Chief Minister's chair during the 2016 elections refusing to make way for his son Stalin. The Tamil Nadu government said that the five-time chief minister wil be accorded a state funeral. Chants of "Ezhundhu Vaa Thalaivaa" (Awake, our leader) and "Vaa, Vaa, Gopalapuram Polaam Vaa" (Come, Come, let's go to Gopalapuram) could be heard outside the hospital.

He tweeted: "Deeply saddened by passing away of Kalaignar Karunanidhi".

In a public career spanning nearly seven decades, Karunanidhi donned several hats. Asked once which one role would he choose among his many facets - politician, litterateur, film personality or social activist - Karunanidhi replied that politics was the fount for every other interest of his.

August 10, 1942: As self-styled leader of "Tamil Nadu Tamil Maanavar Mandram", launches "Murasoli" in Tamil as handwritten manuscript.

Mr Karunanidhi was among the proponents of the Dravidian movement, which defines Tamil Nadu politics and espouses rationalism, atheism and challenged the dominance of the upper caste Brahmins. Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) members had launched a protest against the renaming of Kallakudi to Dalmiyapuram, near Trichy, named after industrialist Dalmiya who had set up a cement factory in the town.

Karunanidhi made his presence felt in Tamil cinema as a playwright and screenwriter. Although during Emergency, he refused to give up party president's post, in 1980, he tied up with the Congress to get the M.G. Ramachandran government sacked. He was survived by two wives.



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