#JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

#JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

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The supporters of the DMK are mourning the death.

Karunanidhi, chief of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party in southern Tamil Nadu state, was admitted into hospital on July 28 after a drop in his blood pressure.

His sharp dialogues and screenplay in Parasakthi (1952) made the movie a trendsetter in Tamil cinema. The movie did not just have an huge impact on Tamil cinema, but also enormously influenced Tamil Nadu's political scene.

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This is a significant loss to Tamil Nadu Politics given that Jayalalithaa has expired very recently and tremors of the loss are still being felt in the state.

He soon became close to fellow screenwriter C.N. Annadurai, who also happened to be the founder of the DMK and later went on to become the first chief minister of Tamil Nadu.

"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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A regional party leader becoming indispensable in the national political sphere was something remarkable, said Senthilnathan. Later, he founded Tamil Nadu Tamil Manavar Mandram. To his credit, Karunanidhi kept the party intact for the 13 long years in the Opposition fighting against a charismatic leader like MGR.

Karunanidhi's predecessor Annadurai was also in office when he died.

Tributes have poured in from around India, a clear indication of the stature of the Tamil leader on the federal scene. After the state government declined the DMK's request, the party appraoched the Madras High Court for permission to bury Karunanidhi at Marina Beach. Karunanidhi is considered as the leader who has always been concerned about his party and its people. His three wives were late Padmavathy, Dayalu and Rajathi. Alagiri was a Union minister during the UPA government, while Stalin is now the treasurer of DMK and has been declared Karunanidhi's successor in the party.

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Stalin who founded party's youth wing was politically most active of Karunanidhi's four sons.

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