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Karunanidhi, Indian political icon, dies at 94

07 August, 2018, 19:08 | Author: Lucille Rivera
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CHENNAI:Dr.M Karunanidhi passed away at 94 on Tuesday.

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 our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond.

"We have lost a deep-rooted mass leader, prolific thinker, accomplished writer and a stalwart whose life was devoted to the welfare of the poor and the marginalized", tweeted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Thousands of his supporters gathered outside the hospital in Chennai to mourn his demise, as scores of policemen kept watch.

Karunanidhi's body being taken from Kauvery Hospital to his Gopalapuram residence.

Born on June 3, 1924, to Muthuvel and Anjugam, at Thirukuvalai in Tiruvarur, around 320 kilometres from Chennai, he was named Dakshinamurthy, which he later changed to Karunanidhi.

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He joined the Dravidian movement as a teenager under the tutelage of the late social reformer "Periyar" E.V. Ramasamy and Anna.

DMK cadres are hopeful that their party president MK Karunanidhi, even after being pushed to a critical health condition on Monday night, will bounce back to good health soon.

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

"A senior politician and former TN CM M Karunanidhi's death has saddened me".

Karunanidhi, who was demanding a separate state flag for Tamil Nadu since 1970, ensured that chief ministers of states' who weren't allowed to hoist the national flag during Independence Day celebrations until 1974, were given the right to do so.

Several DMK figures were involved in the film industry before venturing into politics. "Fan clubs mobilized support for the party and voter turnout during elections", according to Hardgrave Jr. Fondly, called as Kalaignar Karunanidhi, the 94 year old statesman had been a fixture of Tamil Nadu politics for decades. In 2016, DMK became the largest Opposition party in the Tamil Nadu Assembly. Annadurai, who became the chief minister, acknowledged Karunanidhi's role in raising money as well as holding the ranks together. He was elevated as the chief minister following Annadurai's death in 1969. He formed the AIADMK, which would prove to be Karunanidhi's biggest rival.

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