DMK chief Kalaignar passes away; supporters throng, security beefed up

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In a statement, chief secretary Girija Vaidyanathan had said as there were several cases pending in the Madras High Court over burial of leaders at the Marina Beach, the government was not able to allot space near the Annadurai memorial.

On July 26, the hospital said Karunanidhi was suffering from urinary tract infection and he was being treated with intravenous antibotics and fluids. Roads outside the hospital and at Karunanidhi's residence were packed with people. It is often said that he was just 14 when he became actively involved in politics inspired by the speeches of Alagirisamy of the Justice Party.

Tamil Nadu Congress Committee chief Su Thirunavukkarasar too visted the hospital and after meeting the DMK president's family members told reporters that there was a "slight decline in his health this morning".

Karunanidhi was chief minister of Tamil Nadu five times and successfully contested 12 state elections, building legions of supporters on the way.

"Social scientist and writer M.S.S. Pandian once pointed, ".(Parasakthi) was a signboard of the coming days of the consensual politics the DMK was destined to play in Tamil Nadu".

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His popularity rivalled that of J. Jayalalithaa, another powerful leader from Tamil Nadu whose death sparked a huge outpouring of grief. A doyen of our public life, as a contributor to the development of Tamil Nadu and of India he has few peers.

He was a prolific literary figure, apparently penning over 2 lakh pages of poems, novels, biographies, plays, songs and dialogues in his lifetime. "I was a key reason for her (party's) defeat". The TMC came to power in the state.

June 1991: Quits Harbour Assembly seat, owning moral responsibility for DMK's defeat in the General elections that year. Stalin, now the public face of the party maintains his father will always be the leader, but he's a Chief Minister in waiting. "It is one of the reasons why DMK continues to survive as a cadre-based unit", said DMK spokesperson Manuraj Sundaram, reports DailyO. He actively pursued his passion for screenwriting and remained close to it despite being active in politics.

Don't let any untoward incident happen in the hospital, Stalin has told party workers.

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