Kalaignar Karunanidhi, tallest Dravidian leader, who shaped political narrative of Tamil Nadu

Kalaignar Karunanidhi, tallest Dravidian leader, who shaped political narrative of Tamil Nadu

Muthuvel Karunanidhi, 94, the five-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu and president of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) passed away in Chennai on Tuesday.

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".

Karunanidhi, 94, was admitted to the hospital on July 28 and his condition worsened on Monday.

His popularity rivalled that of J. Jayalalithaa, another powerful leader from Tamil Nadu whose death sparked a huge outpouring of grief.

He soon became close to fellow screenwriter C.N. Annadurai, who also happened to be the founder of the DMK and later went on to become the first chief minister of Tamil Nadu.

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Born in the backward Isai Vellala community in the obscure village of Thirukuvalai in Thanjavur district to Muthuvel and Anjugam on June 3, 1924, he has climbed up a hard ladder to rise as one of the towering personalities in Indian politics. The movie did not just have an huge impact on Tamil cinema, but also enormously influenced Tamil Nadu's political scene. The state government has presently allotted a place near Gandhi Mandapam for DMK patriarch Karunanidhi's burial.

The Press Trust of India news agency said a security alert had been sounded across the state, bearing in mind the outbreaks of violence in the past over the deaths of popular figures.

In the 1991 elections, AIADMK ousted DMK and Karunanidhi was the sole DMK candidate to have been returned after the electoral battle. Tamil Nadu is now in a risky state of non-governance.

When Mr Annadurai died in 1969, Mr Karunanidhi, then in his 40s, took over leadership of the DMK. His third wife was Rajathiammal, with whom he had a daughter- Kanimozhi. It is only sitting Chief Ministers who are buried on the Marina Beach. At the age of 33, M Karunanidhi entered the Tamil Nadu assembly by winning the Kulithalai seat in the 1957 election.

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