DMK Patriarch Karunanidhi, Dies At 94

#JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

Amid a controversy over AIADMK government's rejection of DMK's demand for giving space for M Karunanidhi's burial at the Marina Beach in Chennai, Congress President Rahul Gandhi today said the DMK patriarch deserves a space there like former chief minister J Jayalalithaa.

Karunanidhi, who led his party Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) for about 50 years, was in hospital since July 26 for age-related ailments including urinary tract infections.

Karunanidhi, 94, was admitted to the hospital on July 28 and his condition worsened on Monday.

Several senior DMK leaders, including working president M.K. Stalin and his estranged elder brother M.K. Azhagiri, were at the hospital.

Muthuvel Karunanidhi, who became the chief minister five times, cut his teeth in politics as a 14-year-old when he participated in the anti-Hindi agitation in 1938 at his native Tiruvarur.

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

Karunanidhi, who always appeared in public with dark glasses and a yellow shawl draped on a shoulder, built his career fighting oppression by Brahmins, a priestly community at the top of the Hindu caste system.

In 1961, he was made treasurer of the DMK and deputy leader of the opposition when the party made its debut in the state assembly the following year. Since then he continues to be monitored by a team of specialists, reported PTI. "If MGR was the welfare agenda man, bordering on populism, much of Karunanidhi's politics focused on creating infrastructure", said political analyst TS Sudhir. The two parties have been sharing power in the state ever since. Kalaignar means artist in Tamil, and the reference is a nod to his widely recognised contributions to film and literature.

However the latest statement from the Tamil Nadu Government has denied the request of the DMK leader's family which was also his dying wish.

In 1957, he was first elected to the Tamil Nadu assembly from the Kulithalai assembly of Thiruchirapalli district, one among the first 15 MLAs elected to the then Madras Legislative Assembly on a DMK ticket.

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