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#JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

Selvaraj, in an official statement on July 31, said that an extended period of hospitalisation would be necessary due to age-related overall decline in Karunanidhi's general health, altered liver functions and haematological parameters.

DMK patriarch Karunanidhi was admitted to the Kauvery Hospital on July 28 following a dip in his blood pressure.

"There has been decline in the medical condition of Kalaignar Dr M Karunanidhi, DMK President and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. So technically, former Chief Minister should be on the other side where other former CMs are buried", said Gurumurthy.

Earlier, the Tamil Nadu government rejected DMK's request to allot space for burying the mortal remains of Karunanidhi near party founder C N Annadurai's memorial at the Marina Beach, citing legal hurdles.

On July 27, 1969, M. Karunanidhi was elected as the president of DMK.

Karunanidhi, who always appeared in public with dark glasses and a yellow shawl draped on a shoulder, built his career fighting oppression by Brahmins, a priestly community at the top of the Hindu caste system.

The Press Trust of India news agency said a security alert had been sounded across the state, bearing in mind the outbreaks of violence in the past over the deaths of popular figures. "It is one of the reasons why DMK continues to survive as a cadre-based unit", said DMK spokesperson Manuraj Sundaram, reports DailyO.

Veteran Indian politician Muthuvel Karunanidhi has died at the age of 94. While MGR proved to be his biggest rival, the movie star's successor, J. Jayalalithaa was also a formidable foe.

The DMK will now be led by M.K. Stalin, Karunanidhi's son and successor.

Known as a charismatic leader and fiery orator, Mr Karunanidhi led his party in the elections in Tamil Nadu in 2016 when he was 91. After Jayalalitha's death and Karunanidhi's demise, there will be a vacuum left in Tamil Nadu politics. This is not just a fact backing his political influence or scope but is testimony to the love and affection he has amassed from the people of Tamil Nadu over the years, for whom he will always be the Kalaignar.

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