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DMK President M Karunanidhi passes away at 94

DMK President M Karunanidhi passes away at 94

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reach Chennai on Wednesday to pay his last respects to DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi.

The bulletin issued by Executive Director of the Hospital Dr Aravindan Selvaraj further added, "He is on continuous monitoring and being treated with active medical support".

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

Thousands gathered outside Kauvery hospital in the city of Chennai to offer their condolences. The hospital, however, had on 31 July had said an extended period of hospitalisation will be necessary due to age related overall decline in his general health, altered liver function and haematological parameters. These scripts provided a base for the DMK to spread its political message: self-respect movement that demanded the end of exploitation of Tamils by north Indians and Brahmins.

Through their work, the pair began to use film to push their political agenda.

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. He later changed that to Karunanidhi, a Tamil name shorn of any Brahminical or Sanskrit tinge. While the DMK is dominated by his family, several of his relations are also influential film producers and artists.

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M. Karunanidhi, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and chief of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party, casts his vote at a polling station in Chennai April 13, 2011. "Fan clubs mobilized support for the party and voter turnout during elections", according to Hardgrave Jr.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said Karunanidhi strode the stage of Tamil politics like a colossus for six decades and in his passing India had lost a "great son".

In 1961, he became the DMK treasurer and a year later he became the opposition's deputy leader in the state assembly.

Karunanidhi swiftly rose up the ranks. Following the death of Annadurai in 1969, he took over as leader of the DMK and as chief minister, a post he would hold for almost 18 years over five separate terms. He formed the AIADMK, which would prove to be Karunanidhi's biggest rival.

DMK working president and Karunanidhi's son, M K Stalin, appealed to DMK party cadre to maintain peace, avoid hindrance to public and shun violence in any form.


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