Karunanidhi's Death: Chennai Schools And Colleges Shut, Movie Shows Cancelled

Karunanidhi's Death: Chennai Schools And Colleges Shut, Movie Shows Cancelled

Karunanidhi's Death: Chennai Schools And Colleges Shut, Movie Shows Cancelled

He started his political journey when he was just 14 years old in the DMK.

Murasoli's high point was its fierce and principled opposition to the Emergency when it carried a cartoon that depicted Indira Gandhi as Adolf Hitler, which was later picked up and published by Newsweek.

Addressed as Mu Ka, Tamil abbreviation of his name, by his peers, Karunanidhi's letters to DMK cadres in party mouthpiece Murasoli and his autobiography-cum-commentary on contemporary politics Nenjukku Needhi, are the favourite reading material for his supporters. The circular from the Government's Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan states that since there are many cases against allocating spaces for political leaders' memorial at Marina are ongoing in the Madras High Court, allocating space for Karunanidhi's memorial at the same site will create legal issues and hence the request can not be accommodated.

His popularity rivalled that of J. Jayalalithaa, another powerful leader from Tamil Nadu whose death sparked a huge outpouring of grief.

With Sivaji Ganesan making his debut, it marked the beginning of a new era.

Karunanidhi made his presence felt in Tamil cinema as a playwright and screenwriter. He went on to become the CM of Tamil Nadu five times.

The same year he parted with 50% of the seats to the Congress in the Assembly elections but the alliance was not fruitful and MGR won.

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He was a five-time chief minister and elected 13 times to the state assembly between 1957 and 2016. Following the death of Annadurai in 1969, he took over as leader of the DMK and as chief minister, a post he would hold for almost 18 years over five separate terms.

Stalin had also met the chief minister hours before his father's death. On July 29, his vitals seemed to fluctuated for sometime after which the hospital issued a bulletin saying that his condition had stabilised.

However, the astute caliber of Karunanidhi helped him outwit Neduncheziyan. He was one of the senior most leaders of India.

MG Ramachandran, his junior and one of the most charismatic actors of his time, supported Karunanidhi in his endeavour to edge past Nedunchezhian, who was the number two in the Annadurai cabinet.

#05:09 PM: All retail outlets and the bars attached to the state-run company will be shut by 6 pm today: Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC).

"On behalf of the United States Mission in India, I wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family of former Chief Minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi and the people of Tamil Nadu".

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