M Karunanidhi passes away

#JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

"All the government offices, schools, and colleges will be closed tomorrow", read the govt statement.

He founded the first student wing of the Dravidan Movement- Tamil Nadu Tamil Manavar Mandram and also started a newspaper- Murasoli on Aug 10, 1942.

Chennai: DMK president M Karunanidhi's health status continues to remain a cause for concern.

Kauvery Hospital reportedly said on Tuesday, "Dr. M Karunanidhi passed away at 6.10 PM".

"Despite the best possible efforts by a team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond". DMK won the 1967 assembly elections with Karunanidhi as the public works minister. Later, he founded Tamil Nadu Tamil Manavar Mandram. 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. "If MGR was the welfare agenda man, bordering on populism, much of Karunanidhi's politics focused on creating infrastructure", said political analyst TS Sudhir. Here is a brief history of his compelling, and equally engaging, journey from M Karunanidhi to Kalaignar Karunanidhi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has led tributes to the veteran leader.

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

Karunanidhi began his political career at the age of just 14 and participated in anti-Hindi movements. His demise marks the end of an era in Tamil Nadu and India lost one of its worthiest sons, said Patnaik. Parasakthi, a successful play written by Pavalar Balasundaram, was penned for the screen by Karunanidhi in 1952. Annadurai, who became the chief minister, acknowledged Karunanidhi's role in raising money as well as holding the ranks together.

Known as a charismatic leader and fiery orator, Mr Karunanidhi led his party in the elections in Tamil Nadu in 2016 when he was 91.

Earlier state Congress president S Thirunavukkarasar informed the media after visiting Kauvery Hospital today that there was a minor setback in "Kalaignar's" condition this morning.

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

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