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Educational institutions to be closed tomorrow in Tamil Nadu

Educational institutions to be closed tomorrow in Tamil Nadu

"With deep anguish, we announce the demise of our beloved Kalaignar". It is said that he can remember the name of any ordinary party worker at any far corner of the state, reported The Hindu.

DMK cadres continued to mass in large numbers outside the Kauvery Hospital where Karunanidhi, 94, has been admitted since July 28. The DMK supremo has been suffering from age related ailments and was hospitalised on July 26. Lot of supporters were seen in tears as they expressed their pain on the deteriorating health of their leader. The government has also declared a seven-day mourning in the state.

Tributes have poured in from around India, a clear indication of the stature of the Tamil leader on the federal scene. He outshone many a celebrity, as he presided over the destiny of the Dravidian state along with his tinsel town co-travellers and arch rivals in politics - MG Ramachandran and his protegee J Jayalalithaa - for decades.

Mr Karunanidhi was born in 1924. AIADMK led Tamil Nadu government had allotted a 2-acre land at Sardar Patel Marg.

During Mr Karunanidhi's last illness, both Rajinkanth and fellow-actor-politician Kamal Haasan had gone to meet Karunanidhi multiple times.

In his political career, he first received broader notice when he found a close friend and colleague in DMK founder CN Annadurai.

When C.N. Annadurai broke away from Periyar's Dravida Kazhagam to start the DMK in 1949, Karunanidhi joined him. The DMK patriarch has established an indisputable, not to mention special, place in the lives and hearts of people of Tamil Nadu.

He was also a Tamil scholar who propagated the Tamil language all over the world.

Karunanidhi penned screenplays and dialogues for over 50 movies.

When the DMK entered the electoral fray in 1957 with demands for Dravidanadu-secession from India-the party was still unrecognised, but 33-year-old Karunanidhi won from Kulithalai constituency. Mr Karunanidhi's DMK swept the election, riding a wave of anti-incumbency.

On Sunday, President Ramnath Kovind visited the former Chief Minister at the hospital and wished him speedy recovery.

A controversy is brewing over the site of his burial as well as a memorial, and already, there are fears the issue could stoke violence on the streets.


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