M Karunanidhi: Veteran Indian politician dies at 94

M Karunanidhi: Veteran Indian politician dies at 94

#05:09 PM: All retail outlets and the bars attached to the state-run company will be shut by 6 pm today: Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC). "Despite the possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond", the hospital said in its medical bulletin.

Karunanidhi, 94, was admitted to the hospital on July 28 and his condition worsened on Monday.

As a high school student, Karunanidhi founded the Tamil Nadu Tamil Manavar Mandram, the first student wing of the Dravidian Movement, which campaigned against the notion that Brahmins, the highest caste in Hinduism, in Tamil Nadu and Hindi speakers from northern India were considered superior.

During Mr Karunanidhi's last illness, both Rajinkanth and fellow-actor-politician Kamal Haasan had gone to meet Karunanidhi multiple times.

Hearing the news that land has been denied for their leader's burial at Marina, DMK workers went on a rampage near Kauvery Hospital and damaged some vehicle.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi immediately tweeted condolences to Karunanidhi's family, saying "India and particularly Tamil Nadu will miss him immensely".

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In recent times, Karunanidhi and DMK achieved infamy for their alleged role in the 2G scam. Soon after his death, a controversy was sparked in Tamil Nadu.

Fondly known as Kalaignar (scholar/artist), Karunanidhi began his career as a screenplay writer for Tamil films in the 1940s. Karunanidhi with M.G. Ramachandran's - the biggest movie star of Tamil cinema - help was able to emerge as the chief minister.

State opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala was among those who expressed grief over the death.

The same year he parted with 50% of the seats to the Congress in the Assembly elections but the alliance was not fruitful and MGR won.

The transition from Annadurai to Karunanidhi is a rallying point not just for the DMK, but also for the state's politics. His unfortunate demise has shattered the heart of many celebs in Tamil Nadu.

Finance Minister Shasibhusan Behera and former Minister Devi Prasad Mishra will attend the funeral of late Karunanidhi, said a communique from Chief Minister's Office.

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