Published: Tue, August 07, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Row over burial site for Karunanidhi; DMK moves Madras HC

Row over burial site for Karunanidhi; DMK moves Madras HC

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.

M Karunanidhi, who was popularly referred to as Kalaignar, was admitted to the hospital on 28th July 2018 after he contracted urinary tract infection and developed a high fever.

When DMK led by Annadurai came to power in 1967, Karunanidhi was made the minister for public works department.

July 1953: Arrested for the "Kallakudi Agitation", demanding renaming of Dalmiyapuram railway station as part of the anti-Hindi agitation, along with poet Kannadasan and others; Karunanidhi was convicted for six months for that stir.

The DMK president passed away at 6.10 pm. Kalaignar means artist in Tamil, and the reference is a nod to his widely recognised contributions to film and literature. Of the 15 elections held in Tamil Nadu since Independence, the DMK veteran faced 13 and lost none.

Karunanidhi, who was demanding a separate state flag for Tamil Nadu since 1970, ensured that chief ministers of states' who weren't allowed to hoist the national flag during Independence Day celebrations until 1974, were given the right to do so.

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He was a prolific literary figure, apparently penning over 2 lakh pages of poems, novels, biographies, plays, songs and dialogues in his lifetime.

A senior DMK leader said the government has been "dilly-dallying" for a while about giving permission for a Marina burial. Stalin, now the public face of the party maintains his father will always be the leader, but he's a Chief Minister in waiting. Yet, he has always treated young people like me in the party with affection and concern.

Only to see MGR revolt and ride to power in 1977 and consign him to the number two slot in the state's polity for nearly a decade. In 2004, he tied up with the Congress and secured a landslide victory in the Lok Sabha elections.

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.

His last active presence in politics was in 2016 when he had a tracheotomy.

Stalin was accompanied by some party colleagues.

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