Madras High Court hearing on burial place for DMK chief underway

#JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

The controversy erupted after the state government rejected the DMK's demand for allotting space for Karunanidhi's burial on the Marina beach, instead offering space near the memorials to former chief ministers Chakravarty Rajagopalachari and K. Kamraj at Guindy. "All the government offices, schools, and colleges will be closed tomorrow", read the govt statement.

The doctors treating DMK president M Karunanidhi have said that the next 24 hours were crucial as the 94-year-old politician's health condition deteriorated.

They scream one moment, tears rolling down their cheeks, then burst into frenzied sloganeering, the demise of "Kalaignar" M Karunanidhi was announced around 6.40 pm on August 7.

Supporters reacting with grief outside of the hospital after the death of revered 94-year-old political leader Muthuvel Karunanidhi.

June 23-27, 2010: Organises first World Classical Tamil Conference, at Coimbatore, pinnacle of his love for Tamil language and literature.

1959: DMK founder C N Annadurai honours Karunanidhi for steering DMK to victory in Madras Corporation elections. Responding to the state's request, the Union Home Ministry was sending 13 companies of CRPF to the state.

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Earlier state Congress president S Thirunavukkarasar informed the media after visiting Kauvery Hospital today that there was a minor setback in "Kalaignar's" condition this morning.

Describing the late stalwart as a "mass leader", the CM said, "He was an undaunted political fighter, mass leader who struggled for socio-economic development of marginalised sections of society in Tamil Nadu". He even founded the Tamil Nadu Tamil Manavar Mandram, the student wing of Dravidian Movement at that time.

The passing away of Karunanidhi soon after Jayalalitha has left Tamil Nadu politics without a centre of gravity.

When Mr Annadurai died in 1969, Mr Karunanidhi, then in his 40s, took over leadership of the DMK.

After DMK's first election, Karunanidhi was promoted as the treasurer of the party in 1961 and became the deputy leader of Opposition in 1962.

DMK had sought Karunanidhi's burial next to the Anna memorial at Marina Beach in Chennai.

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