Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expresses grief over death of M Karunanidhi

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expresses grief over death of M Karunanidhi

Expressing condolences over the death of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader M Karunanidhi, who had passed away on Tuesday after 11 days in the hospital, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced that he will pay tribute to the late leader personally by visiting Chennai on Wednesday.

The 94-year-old was being treated for fever and urinary tract infection reported The Hindu. Several reports say that DMK cadres will be marching towards Chief Minister's office. The DMK supremo has been suffering from age related ailments and was hospitalised on July 26.

His last tweet was also a photo with Karunanidhi, when he went to wish him for his 94th birthday in June.

Family members of Karunanidhi led by DMK working president M K Stalin met Chief Minister K Palaniswami and sought space near Annadurai's memorial for burying Karunanidhi's body.

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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.

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. Since then he continues to be monitored by a team of specialists, reported PTI. Both were Karunanidhi's bitter foes in politics. Throughout his impressive political career, Karunanidhi has won 12 assembly elections has been appointed the chief minister of Tamil Nadu five times. The TMC came to power in the state.

Karunanidhi is survived by his wives Dayalu Ammal and Rajathi Ammal, sons M.K. Muthu, M.K. Azhagiri, M.K. Stalin and M.K. Tamzhalarasu and daughters Selvi and Kanimozhi. This is not just a fact backing his political influence or scope but is testimony to the love and affection he has amassed from the people of Tamil Nadu over the years, for whom he will always be the Kalaignar.

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