Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

DMK chief Karunanidhi no more

DMK chief Karunanidhi no more

Earlier, family members of Karunanidhi led by DMK working president MK Stalin and party officials met Palaniswami and sought space near Annadurai's memorial for burying Karunanidhi's body, DMK leader Duraimurugan told reporters.

The state has declared a seven-day mourning and a public holiday Wednesday.

Supporters reacting with grief outside of the hospital after the death of revered 94-year-old political leader Muthuvel Karunanidhi.

A statement released by the hospital said that "despite the best possible efforts of our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond". The 2006 Assembly elections saw Karunanidhi without an independent majority for his DMK but the master tactician still managed to form a single party government ensuring that his allies ended up giving only outside support but not getting a share in power.

Even at 92 Karunanidhi hoped to have another shot at the Chief Minister's chair during the 2016 elections refusing to make way for his son Stalin.

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Mr Karunanidhi served as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu five times between 1969 and 2011, and also played a key role in federal politics. Lot of supporters were seen in tears as they expressed their pain on the deteriorating health of their leader.

"He is, without a doubt, the most senior statesman in the state's political arena". "Loved by the Tamilian people, Kalaignar strode the stage of Tamil politics, like a colossus, for over 6 decades". Tamil Nadu DGP ordered all police officers to report on duty immediately.

Speaking to the media, a DMK spokesperson said that the party will visit the residence of the acting Chief Justice of the Madras High Court and move the petition on Tuesday evening.

Affectionately called "Kalaignar" or scholar, he wrote reams of poems, lyrics and books and was a prolific screenwriter for the Tamil film industry. At the age of 33, M Karunanidhi entered the Tamil Nadu assembly by winning the Kulithalai seat in the 1957 election. Although during Emergency, he refused to give up party president's post, in 1980, he tied up with the Congress to get the M.G. Ramachandran government sacked.

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

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