How M Karunanidhi became Kalaignar | Life and time of the DMK patriarch

Amitabh Bachchan remembers the time when he received his first National Award from Late M Karunanidhi

"As Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for several times, he made significant contributions in the development of the state and played a crucial role in national politics as well", said the Chief Minister. The state government has allotted a burial site at the Gandhi Mandapam in Guindy instead.

Earlier in the day, senior DMK leader Duraimurugan said outside Kauvery Hospital that a delegation of party leaders met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami on Tuesday and asked for space on Marina beach to bury Karunanidhi.

"With deep anguish, we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar M. Karunanidhi at 6.20 p.m.", a hospital statement said.

The crowd outside the hospital started to swell after the medical bulletin issued by Kauvery Hospital on Monday evening said that Karunanidhi's condition had deteriorated.

His father was a farmer in the village of Thirukuvalai in Tiruvarur district of Tamil Nadu.

He also made vast contributions to Tamil literature and cinema. Responding to the state's request, the Union Home Ministry was sending 13 companies of CRPF to the state. Tamil Nadu govt should not play politics over this.

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DMK supporters gather near the Kauvery Hospital where Karunanidhi in undergoing treatment, in Chennai on Tuesday.

Affectionately called "Kalaignar" or scholar, he wrote reams of poems, lyrics and books and was a prolific screenwriter for the Tamil film industry. Tamil Nadu is now in a risky state of non-governance.

The Thalaivar struck back, wresting power from her in 2006, but the DMK lost successive Assembly polls in 2011 and 2015 to the AIADMK under a charismatic Jayalalithaa.

A profile of Karunanidhi by Caravan describes that after the DMK failed to oust the Congress in 1957 and 1962, the party was able to seize a majority in the state in 1967 thanks to his stellar efforts. However, things got a little shaky for DMK when Annadurai, then CM of Tamil Nadu, died in 1969.

After DMK's first election, Karunanidhi was promoted as the treasurer of the party in 1961 and became the deputy leader of Opposition in 1962. It is only sitting Chief Ministers who are buried on the Marina Beach.

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