Former Tamil Nadu chief minister Karunanidhi dies at 94

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister Karunanidhi dies at 94

Karunanidhi penned screenplays and dialogues for over 50 movies.

The DMK chief was admitted to the hospital for the first time on July 18 for change of tracheostomy tube.

1959: DMK founder C N Annadurai honours Karunanidhi for steering DMK to victory in Madras Corporation elections. This flowered into a successful career in screenwriting for Tamil films and stage plays.

He started his political journey when he was just 14 years old in the DMK.

With Sivaji Ganesan making his debut, it marked the beginning of a new era. Some people even claim that he revolutionised what we now understand as Tamil literature.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad reacted to the protests and said, "The Tamil Nadu government should not play politics". Mr Karunanidhi's DMK swept the election, riding a wave of anti-incumbency.

August 10, 1942: As self-styled leader of "Tamil Nadu Tamil Maanavar Mandram", launches "Murasoli" in Tamil as handwritten manuscript. In 2016, DMK became the largest Opposition party in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.

"There has been a decline in the medical condition of DMK president and former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi". 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.

Popularly known as "Kalaignar", Tamil for artist, Karunanidhi made his foray into politics in 1957 when he was elected to the legislative assembly of what was then known as Madras state.

However, the astute caliber of Karunanidhi helped him outwit Neduncheziyan. Many were seen weeping and chanting slogans hailing the leader. The two parties have been sharing power in the state ever since.

The funeral is due to take place on Wednesday (Aug 8) and the state government has declared a seven-day mourning period. It urged the Centre to make "immediate changes in the Constitution of India to establish a truly federal set-up with full state autonomy".

The controversy erupted after the state government rejected the DMK's demand for allotting space for Karunanidhi's burial on the Marina beach, instead offering space near the memorials to former chief ministers Chakravarty Rajagopalachari and K. Kamraj at Guindy. He actively pursued his passion for screenwriting and remained close to it despite being active in politics.

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