Former Tamil Nadu chief minister Karunanidhi dies at 94

#JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

#JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

The mortal remains of M Karunanidhi, who died at Kauvery Hospital on Tuesday evening, is being brought to his his Gopalapuram residence. The DMK patriarch has established an indisputable, not to mention special, place in the lives and hearts of people of Tamil Nadu.

Following the protests, DMK lawyer P Wilson filed a petition to acting Chief Justice of Madras High Court Huluvadi G Ramesh requesting land next to Anna Samadhi for burying Karunanidhi.

Several high-profile politicians, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan, and actor-politician Rajinikanth among others, have visited the five-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu at the hospital.

He is on continuous monitoring and being treated with active medical support, a statement from the Chennai hospital where the veteran leader is admitted said.

The DMK President was admitted in the hospital following sudden decrease in his blood pressure late on July 26.

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

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A big crowd had been thronging the streets outside the hospital since his hospitalisation but it swelled to some 6,000 Tuesday, an AFP photographer estimated, after doctors said he had suffered a "significant decline".

In 2007, his remarks over Lord Rama in conection with Ramsetu bridge stormed a huge political controversy when he allegedly said, "Some say there was a person over 1.7 million years ago". He was one of the (most senior) leaders of India. That's what makes him acceptable across generations of Tamils.

August 10, 1942: As self-styled leader of "Tamil Nadu Tamil Maanavar Mandram", launches "Murasoli" in Tamil as handwritten manuscript. Three marriages, seven kidsOn personal front, Karunadhi was often called out for marrying three times. In 2016, DMK became the largest Opposition party in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.

The DMK will now be led by M.K. Stalin, Karunanidhi's son and successor.

When the DMK entered the electoral fray in 1957 with demands for Dravidanadu-secession from India-the party was still unrecognised, but 33-year-old Karunanidhi won from Kulithalai constituency.

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