M Karunanidhi: Veteran Indian politician dies at 94

M Karunanidhi: Veteran Indian politician dies at 94

Karunanidhi, a former scriptwriter in the Tamil film industry, has served as the state's chief minister five times in the past.

M Karunanidhi, who was popularly referred to as Kalaignar, was admitted to the hospital on 28th July 2018 after he contracted urinary tract infection and developed a high fever.

Karunanidhi entered politics at the age of 14, after being inspired by a speech made by Alagiriswami of the Justice Party in 1932.

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.

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Karunanidhi was chief minister of Tamil Nadu five times and successfully contested 12 state elections, building legions of supporters on the way. But Karunanidhi was born to be a politician and his flirtation with cinema was to expand the scope of his politics. A brilliant orator who knew how to win public trust, he was also a novel writer, lyric writer, script and dialogue writer.

June 1991: Quits Harbour Assembly seat, owning moral responsibility for DMK's defeat in the General elections that year. Karunanidhi is considered as the leader who has always been concerned about his party and its people. The two parties have been sharing power in the state ever since. He has held various positions in the party and government during his long career in the Tamil Nadu political arena. The LTTE ghost even tripped the UF government in which the DMK was a major player.

In 1957, he was first elected to the Tamil Nadu assembly from the Kulithalai assembly of Thiruchirapalli district, one among the first 15 MLAs elected to the then Madras Legislative Assembly on a DMK ticket. After being dismissed by Indira Gandhi in 1976 after opposing the emergency, he joined hands to fight the Janata Party in 1977 only to fight the 1980 Lok Sabha elections with Indira. He actively pursued his passion for screenwriting and remained close to it despite being active in politics. Karunanidhi is survived by his wives Dayalu Ammal and Rajathi Ammal, sons M.K. Muthu, M.K. Azhagiri, M.K. Stalin and M.K. Tamzhalarasu and daughters Selvi and Kanimozhi.

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