M Karunanidhi's health condition declines, doctor says 'next 24 hours' are crucial

#JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

M. Karunanidhi is sworn in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the second term at the Madras University Auditorium in Madras on March 15, 1971 after the DMK won a record 184 seats in the Assembly elections.

The funeral is due to take place on Wednesday (Aug 8) and the state government has declared a seven-day mourning period.

Chennai: DMK president M Karunanidhi died here today after prolonged illness, the city hospital where the leader was admitted, said.

According to the statement released by Dr Aravindan Selvaraj, the Executive Director of Kauvery Hospital in Chennai at 6:30 PM on Monday, the next 24 hours are crucial and will determine the prognosis based on how he responds. Hundreds of his supporters have swarmed the hospital praying for the well-being of the leader.

Nearly half a century ago, the DMK in its conference at Trichy in February 1970 floated one of its most popular slogans "Maanilathile Suyatchi, Mathiyile Kootatchi" (Autonomy for states; federalism at the Centre), in an attempt to continue party founder Annadurai's demand to restructure Centre-state relations and to staunchly resist any attempt that infringed the state's prerogatives. It will then be kept at his CIT Colony residence between 1 am and 3 am, and then at Rajaji Hall from 4 am, DMK General Secretary K Anbazhagan said.

He tweeted: "Deeply saddened by passing away of Kalaignar Karunanidhi". Either way Muthuvel Karunanidhi was an indispensable ingredient of Tamil Nadu politics for over five decades. Later, he founded Tamil Nadu Tamil Manavar Mandram.

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A high school dropout, Mr Karunanidhi got involved in social and political work at an early age.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad reacted to the protests and said, "The Tamil Nadu government should not play politics".

February 9, 1969: Elected the legislative party leader of the DMK, becomes Chief Minister.

Karunanidhi, who wrote scripts for Tamil cinema before entering politics, faced allegations of corruption and nepotism. Later, the party was split and actor-cum-politician M G Ramachandran formed a new party under the name All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).

Mr Karunanidhi is survived by his two wives and six children.

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