M Karunanidhi: Veteran Indian politician dies at 94

#JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

#JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

The controversy erupted after the state government rejected the DMK's demand for allotting space for Karunanidhi's burial on the Marina beach, instead offering space near the memorials to former chief ministers Chakravarty Rajagopalachari and K. Kamraj at Guindy. "All the government offices, schools, and colleges will be closed tomorrow", read the govt statement.

Chennai: DMK president M Karunanidhi has suffered a "decline" in his health condition and maintaining his vital organs to function continues to remain a challenge, doctors said on Monday.

The supporters of the DMK are mourning the death.

"The legacy of the great leader will live on", he said, extending his condolences to the bereaved family and people of Tamil Nadu. 94-year-old Karunanidhi was first admitted to the hospital on July 18 for a change of tracheostomy tube and an infection in the urinary tract.

Muthuvel Karunanidhi died Tuesday evening, drawing to close an era in Indian politics.

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

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The late 1980s saw Karunanidhi emerge as a successful strategist in coalition politics when he played a substantial role in the formation of National Front under V.P. Singh, after breaking ties with Congress in 1983 over the Sri Lankan Tamil issue.

In 1961, he was made treasurer of the DMK and deputy leader of the opposition when the party made its debut in the state assembly the following year.

Karunanidhi began his political career at the age of just 14 and participated in anti-Hindi movements.

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. His demise marks the end of an era in Tamil Nadu and India lost one of its worthiest sons, said Patnaik. It is only sitting Chief Ministers who are buried on the Marina Beach.

Mr Karunanidhi is survived by his two wives and six children.

When the DMK entered the electoral fray in 1957 with demands for Dravidanadu-secession from India-the party was still unrecognised, but 33-year-old Karunanidhi won from Kulithalai constituency.

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