Legendary Tamil Politician M Karunanidhi dies at 94

A file photo of young Karunanidhi

Five times Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and DMK leader Muthuvel Karunanidhi died at Cauvery Hospital in Chennai today. He was popularly known as Kalaignar (artist). He has been leading the Dravidian Self-respect movement and ten-time president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam popularly known as DMK. He was a screenwriter, litterateur, and novelist. He had also written a multiple-volume memoir.

His health got deteriorated since Monday and was admitted in Chennai based Cauvery hospital. He was admitted to the hospital on July 28 after sickness due to his old age.

Hearing his deteriorating health, his supporters had started gathering outside the hospital since morning. His son M K Stalin appealed his supporters to maintain peace.

After hearing his demise, politicians throng the micro social networking site to express his grief. In a message to his family and supporters, PM Narendra Modi said that he will be missed by his supporters from India and specially from Tamil Nadu. “My thoughts are with the family and the countless supporters of Karunanidhi Ji in this hour of grief. India and particularly Tamil Nadu will miss him immensely. May his soul rest in peace.” He tweeted.

President of India also expressed his grief over demise of Karunanidhi. “Extremely sad to learn of the passing of Thiru M. Karunanidhi. A doyen of our public life, as a contributor to the development of Tamil Nadu and of India he has few peers. Our country is poorer today. My condolences to his family and millions of well-wishers #PresidentKovind” President of India Ram Kovind tweeted.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi in his condolence message wrote that India lost a great son. “Loved by the Tamilian people, Kalaignar strode the stage of Tamil politics, like a colossus, for over 6 decades. In his passing, India has lost a great son. My condolences to his family as also to the millions of Indians who grieve for their beloved leader tonight.” He tweeted.

Jammu Kashmir former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also tweeted his message and said that his demise was a gap that will never be filled. “A legend in his lifetime, counted amongst the giants of the political landscape of India #Kalaignar #Karunanidhi ji has left a void not just in his home state of Tamil Nadu but in the entire country that will never be filled. My condolences to his family & Tamils the world over.” His tweet said.

Karnunidhi was an atheist. His last rites are yet to be scheduled. However, politicians from different states of India have already started gathering in Chennai.

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