DMK president M Karunanidhi was admitted to the intensive care unit of Kauvery Hospital on 28th July. For more than a year, Mr. Karunanaidhi has been in and out of the hospital while recovering from a lung ailment. He was facing health issues due to his advanced age and has been suffering from a urinary tract infection.
DMK chief M Karunanidhi – five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu who dominated the state’s politics for six decades along with arch-rivals MG Ramachandran and later, J Jayalalithaa – died at a hospital in Chennai on 7th August 2018. The DMK Chief breathed his last at 6:10 pm on 7th August.
Mourning the loss of political stalwart DMK president M Karunanidhi, Tamil Nadu has announced that the schools, colleges, and all government offices will be closed on 8th August 2018. The state has also announced a 7 day mourning period.
All the programmes or events scheduled for 8th at schools and colleges will be postponed and a new date will be released later.
The body of the DMK president was taken to his home in Gopalapuram in Chennai and was later shifted to his other residence in CIT Colony. It was taken to Rajaji Hall this morning for people to pay their last respects. Karunanidhi’s mortal remains will be laid to rest later today.
He lived a secluded life making no public appearance except for occasional visits to his party office. Supporters from across the state have gathered to pay their respects.
Fondly called, ‘Kalaignar’, like MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa, Mr. Karunanidhi quit a flourishing career in movies to devote himself to politics and the Dravidian movement led by Periyar EVR — which he joined soon after it started in 1949.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolence for the death of Mr. Karunanidhi, “Deeply saddened by the passing away of Kalaignar Karunanidhi. He was one of the senior most leaders of India. 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.”
He added,’ I have had the opportunity of interacting with Karunanidhi Ji on several occasions. His understanding of policy and emphasis on social welfare stood out. Firmly committed to democratic ideals, his strong opposition to the Emergency will always be remembered”.
Like MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa, Mr. Karunanidhi quit a flourishing career in movies to devote himself to politics and the Dravidian movement led by Periyar EVR — which he joined soon after it started in 1949. The “Kalaignar” (artiste) was known for his film scripts – a skill that greatly helped him in his political career. His powers of oratory bestowed on him a cult status much similar to Jayalalithaa.
In 1969, DMK president M Karunanidhi became a Chief Minister after DMK ideologue CN Annadurai died in office. Three years later, he fell out with MG Ramachandran and shunted him out of the party – leading to the formation of life-long rival All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagamor AIADMK.
The AIADMK came to power in 1977 and MGR ensured that Mr Karunanidhi’s party stayed out of power as long as he was alive. Mr. Karunanidhi regained to power in power in 1989 after MGR’s death. He returned to power again in 1996, after corruption charges caused a major loss of face for Jayalalithaa. Since then, the two parties have been voted in alternately – a tradition that was broken in 2016, when Jayalalithaa was elected for a second straight term.