Karunanidhi, Indian political icon, dies at 94

Karunanidhi, Indian political icon, dies at 94

Karunanidhi, Indian political icon, dies at 94

"There has been a decline in the medical condition of DMK president and former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi".

#05:09 PM: All retail outlets and the bars attached to the state-run company will be shut by 6 pm today: Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC).

Chennai: Even as DMK president M Karunanidhi continuing his hospital stay for the 10th consecutive day, reports have surfaced that he was suffering from jaundice.

Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond.

#05:48 PM: DMK workers break down after Kauvery Hospital released a statement that M Karunanidhi's health has deteriorated further. His father was a farmer in the village of Thirukuvalai in Tiruvarur district of Tamil Nadu.

Karunanidhi, a charismatic self-styled champion of the poor, had been in intensive care since July 28 in Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state. Both were Karunanidhi's bitter foes in politics.

That art and politics blended seamlessly in Karunanidhi was manifest from the sobriquets of "Thalaivar" (The Leader) and "Kalaignar" (The Artist) he earned from ardent followers.

"I am deeply saddened by the passing away of Kalaignar Karunanidhi". Many were seen weeping and chanting slogans hailing the leader.

Karunanidhi began his political career at the age of just 14 and participated in anti-Hindi movements.

DMK cadres held impromptu protests and engaged in sloganeering demanding a place for Karunanidhi's burial at the Marina beach.

Mr Karunanidhi was a successful film screenwriter, penning multiple hit movies, before moving to politics.

When the DMK entered the electoral fray in 1957 with demands for Dravidanadu-secession from India-the party was still unrecognised, but 33-year-old Karunanidhi won from Kulithalai constituency.

"Ezhundhu Vaa Thalaivaa" (Awake, our leader) and "Vaa, Vaa, Gopalapuram Polaam Vaa" (Come, Come, let's go to Gopalapuram) were among the slogans raised by the emotionally-charged crowd, referring to the locality where the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has a house.

He is survived by four sons and two daughters.

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