Row over burial site for Karunanidhi; DMK moves Madras HC

Lamar Ellis
August 8, 2018

One of the most charismatic figures of Tamil Nadu politics, whose public life spanned over seven decades, he is survived by two wives and six children, including DMK working president and heir apparent MK Stalin and daughter Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha MP. Abirami Ramanathan and Rohini Pannerselvam, who are members of the Theatre's Association have cancelled all the shows of evening and night across the state.

Hundreds of his supporters had swarmed the Kauvery Hospital, praying for the well-being of the leader.

The medical bulletin released on July 31 had informed that the former Chief Minister requires an extended period of hospitalisation due to age-related overall decline in Karunanidhi's general health, altered liver function and haematological parameters. The state needs a fresh election soon and return to stability.

Offering his heartfelt condolences to the departed leader, Patnaik described Karunanidhi as the tallest leader of Tamil Nadu, who played a key role in social change and reforms in his state.

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The DMK patriarch was admitted to Kauvery hospital following a drop in blood pressure on July 28. He even founded the Tamil Nadu Tamil Manavar Mandram, the student wing of Dravidian Movement at that time. The movie did not just have an huge impact on Tamil cinema, but also enormously influenced Tamil Nadu's political scene.

Earlier, after watching television news about DMK chief's deteriorating health, the two walked to Kauvery Hospital around 5pm and began interacting with party workers. He is the only person to have served the party for 50 years.

"He is, without a doubt, the most senior statesman in the state's political arena". That's what makes him acceptable across generations of Tamils. "If MGR was the welfare agenda man, bordering on populism, much of Karunanidhi's politics focused on creating infrastructure", said political analyst TS Sudhir.

Actors S.S. Rajendran won a seat in local elections in 1962 and M.G. Ramachandran became chief minister after he left the DMK to set up his own party, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), following differences with Karunanidhi.

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