Karunanidhi passes away, Tamil Nadu government declares public holiday on Wednesday

#JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

Under Karunanidhi, the DMK occupied a prime position in the UPA governments at the Centre in 2004 and 2009 and earlier in the NDA government under Atal Bihari Vajpyee, an alignment that surprised many given the party's Dravidian moorings.

#05:09 PM: All retail outlets and the bars attached to the state-run company will be shut by 6 pm today: Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC). The government has cited legal restrictions in granting the permission and has instead offered two acres of space near Guindy. AIADMK leaders MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa, and DMK founder Annadurai's memorials are built at Marina Beach.

Police deployment was also stepped up to keep the situation under control.

Supporters reacting with grief outside of the hospital after the death of revered 94-year-old political leader Muthuvel Karunanidhi. The former Tamil Nadu chief minister was 94-years-old. The state's fire and rescue officials have also been asked to stay alert. She will meet the family members at their Gopalapuram residence. At 4:00 am, his mortal remains will be taken to Rajaji Hall where party cadre, general public and political leaders can pay their respects, according to a schedule released by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK).

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As the latest set back was announced, a large number of DMK volunteers thronged the hospital premises. Meanwhile, the secuirty has been ramped up inside and around the Kauvery hospital. He later changed that to Karunanidhi, a Tamil name shorn of any Brahminical or Sanskrit tinge.

Union Ministers, Chief Ministers and political party leaders have mourned the loss of the veteran politician.

At the age of 14, M Karunanidhi entered politics. Meanwhile, internet services have been suspended outside the hospital premises. Party working president Stalin and DMK MP Kanimozhi arrived at the hospital amid heavy security. Reports said that internet access outside the hospital has been restricted.

Karunanidhi was battling for his life since the past few days and was admitted to the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai.

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Finance Minister Shasibhusan Behera and former Minister Devi Prasad Mishra will attend the funeral of late Karunanidhi, said a communique from Chief Minister's Office. It was becoming a challenge to keep his vital organs functioning, doctors had said on Monday.

Condolences and tributes started pouring in soon after the death of Karunanidhi.

Nearly half a century ago, the DMK in its conference at Trichy in February 1970 floated one of its most popular slogans "Maanilathile Suyatchi, Mathiyile Kootatchi" (Autonomy for states; federalism at the Centre), in an attempt to continue party founder Annadurai's demand to restructure Centre-state relations and to staunchly resist any attempt that infringed the state's prerogatives.

A profile of Karunanidhi by Caravan describes that after the DMK failed to oust the Congress in 1957 and 1962, the party was able to seize a majority in the state in 1967 thanks to his stellar efforts.

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Karunanidhi was admitted to Kauvery hospital in Chennai following a drop in blood pressure on July 28.

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