Former Tamil Nadu chief minister Karunanidhi dies at 94

#JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

#JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

On July 26, the hospital said Karunanidhi was suffering from urinary tract infection and he was being treated with intravenous anti-biotics and fluids.

Karunanidhi, a charismatic self-styled champion of the poor, had been in intensive care since July 28 in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state.

Some reports said the government was reluctant about allotting space for Karunanidhi's burial at the Marina as he was not a sitting chief minister.

Though Muthuvel Karunanidhi had established himself as a key member of the Dravidian party through his oratorical and screen-writing skills, the Kallakudi agitation was a turning point in his political life.

#03:50 PM: Stalin requests CM Palaniswami for a place along Marina beach: DMK working president MK Stalin has reportedly requested Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami for a place along the Marina beach in Chennai, where they can build a memorial for the ailing DMK chief Karunanidhi. It is an unbelievable achievement for any organisation, especially one that is as large as the DMK.

After he took charge as DMK president on July 27, 1969, he led the DMK to a massive victory in the 1971 Assembly elections.

Actors S.S. Rajendran won a seat in local elections in 1962 and M.G. Ramachandran became chief minister after he left the DMK to set up his own party, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), following differences with Karunanidhi. The TMC came to power in the state. The alliance continued in 2009.

He was a five-time chief minister and elected 13 times to the state assembly between 1957 and 2016. While MGR proved to be his biggest rival, the movie star's successor, J. Jayalalithaa was also a formidable foe. He actively pursued his passion for screenwriting and remained close to it despite being active in politics.

Karunanidhi is survived by his wives Dayalu Ammal and Rajathi Ammal, sons M.K. Muthu, M.K. Azhagiri, M.K. Stalin and M.K. Tamzhalarasu and daughters Selvi and Kanimozhi.

He introduced many social welfare measures, particularly for the poor, and played a huge role in converting Tamil Nadu into one of India's more prosperous states.

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