Dravidian icon M Karunanidhi passes away at the age of 94

MK Stalin, the working president of the DMK broke down after he learned of the High Court's order

MK Stalin, the working president of the DMK broke down after he learned of the High Court's order

Earlier, DMK's working president MK Stalin met Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami at his residence and had requested for a place on the Marina beach in Chennai for a memorial. A brilliant orator who knew how to win public trust, he was also a novel writer, lyric writer, script and dialogue writer.

Though Muthuvel Karunanidhi had established himself as a key member of the Dravidian party through his oratorical and screen-writing skills, the Kallakudi agitation was a turning point in his political life.

The DMK lost the elections to Ms J. Jayalalithaa of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, but Mr Karunanidhi still won his seat in his constituency of Tiruvarur. The movie did not just have an vast impact on Tamil cinema, but also enormously influenced Tamil Nadu's political scene.

In 2007, his remarks over Lord Rama in conection with Ramsetu bridge stormed a huge political controversy when he allegedly said, "Some say there was a person over 1.7 million years ago". He was one of the (most senior) leaders of India. When Indira Gandhi faced a rebellion within her Congress party during 1969, he asked all his 25 DMK MPs to stand by her.

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"As the DMK began to engage in electoral politics, the hard edge of social reform in its films was softened and the films increasingly became vehicles for promoting the party as such rather than reform ideology".

Modi said he had the opportunity of interacting with Karunanidhi on several occasions. He then steered his party to power in 1989 after MGR's death. The TMC came to power in the state. In 2014, his party contests the election alone and loses. Jayalalithas holds the record of becoming the CM of Tamil Nadu six times. Tamil Nadu is now in a risky state of non-governance.

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

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

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