DMK chief Karunanidhi no more

DMK chief Karunanidhi no more

A medical bulletin released by the Kauvery Hospital at 6.30 pm on Monday said there has been a decline in the medical condition of Karunanidhi.

Karunanidhi was admitted to Kauvery hospital in Chennai following a drop in blood pressure on July 28.

DMK cadres continued to throng the Kauvery Hospital premises, from where Karunanidhi's body, was taken to his Gopalapuram residence. He entered the 50th year as the president of DMK late last month, the longest tenure by a person as head of one of Tamil Nadu's major Dravidian parties.

Born on June 3, 1924 at Thirukkuvalai in the Tanjore District, Karunanidhi came from a humble and poor family. He contested - and won - 13 elections in the state.

India's two national parties, Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the opposition Congress, have little presence in Tamil Nadu, a state of almost 70 million people where politics have been dominated by the DMK and Jayalalithaa's AIADMK.

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In the years that followed, the state government alternated between Karunanidhi and its main political rival, the AIADMK. Karunanidhi is considered as the leader who has always been concerned about his party and its people.

The Press Trust of India news agency said a security alert had been sounded across the state, bearing in mind the outbreaks of violence in the past over the deaths of popular figures. Tamil Nadu is now in a unsafe state of non-governance.

M. Karunanidhi, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and chief of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party, casts his vote at a polling station in Chennai April 13, 2011.

Karunanidhi's predecessor Annadurai was also in office when he died. Karunanidhi's close friend MG Ramachandran's enormous resources helped to tilt the race to chief minister's chair in his favour while DMK seniors like VR Nedunchezhian were forced to give way.

He is survived by two wives and six children, including DMK working president and heir apparent M.K. Stalin and daughter Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha MP.

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