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Tamil Nadu former CM Karunanidhi passes away at 94 ,state under high alert

Tamil Nadu former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi aged 94 passed away on Tuesday at around 18:10 PM in Kaveri hospital and the state is kept under high alert.

DMK leader Karunanidhi took his last breath on Tuesday on August 7 in Chennai after he fought with his illness for weeks.

The doctors of Kauvery Hospital extended their maximum efforts to give medical support the supremo but his heath condition deteriorated. His vital organs failed to respond because of his age.

DMK President Karunanidhi

DMK President Karunanidhi

Lots of people, his supporters were waiting at the hospital and were praying for his recovery and they chanted ‘Ezhundhu Vaa Thalaivaa’ (Awake, our leader) and ‘Vaa, Vaa, Gopalapuram Polaam Vaa’ (Come, Come, let’s go to Gopalapuram) could be heard outside the hospital.

Riot Control police was also deployed to control the emotionally-charged party workers who were at the hospital in large numbers.

M Karunanidhi was admitted to the Kauvery hospital and he experienced low blood pressure on July 28. Since then his medical condition was up and down and was very unstable.

His life was extended for few days only because of his age0related overall decline in his general health, altered liver functions and haematological parameters.

Muthuvel Karunanidhi served as Chief Minister for Tamil Nadu for five terms.

Muthuvel Karunanidhi Profile

M Karunanidhi was born on June 3, 1924 in Thirukkuvalai near Tiruvarur of Thanjavur district. He launched Murasoli in Tamil as handwritten manuscript and became a self-styled leader on Tamil Nadu Tamil Maanavar Mandram in August 10, 1942.

Karunanidhi was one among the founding members of DMK at the rally at Robinson Park in old North Madras where DMK was launched on September 17,1949.

In July 1953, he was arrested for Kallakudi Agitation for demanding the renaming of Dalmiyapuram railway station as part of anti-Hindi agitation. He was convicted for six months and returned to Chennai at Egmore station in February 1954.

He was elected to the Madras Legislative Assembly from Kulittalai constituency near Tiruchy for the first time in April 1957. He was noted for his anti-Zamindari campaign in the run-up to the Assembly polls that year.

He was honoured by the DMK founder CN Annadurai for steering DMK to victory in Madras Corporation elections in 1959 and was made DMK Treasurer in 1961.

He became the Opposition Deputy leader in 1962 in the Assembly election from Thanjavur constituency. He became a PWD Minister in Annadurai-led first DMK Ministry in March 1967 after being elected from Saidapet Assembly constituency in Chennai.

Karunanidhi was sworn in as the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for the first time in February 10, 1969 after the demise of his mentor Annadurai.

He was elected as President of DMK on July 27, 1969, the post which he continued till the end. He took charge as Chief Minister for his second term in March 15, 1971.

He quits Assembly membership over Sri Lankan Tamils issue in 1983 and took charge as the Chief Minister for the third time after MGR’s demise in 1983. He quits Harbour Assembly seat in June 1991 as a moral responsibility for DMK’s defeat in General elections.

He became CM for the fourth time in May 13,1996 after leading DMK to a massive win in alliance with GK Moopanar-led Tamil Maanila Congress. In May 13,2006, he sworn in as the CM for the fifth time after he was elected from Chepauk constituency in Chennai.

Karunanidhi Health Condition


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