Tamil Veteran Politician Karunanidhi Passed Away

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Soon after his death, a controversy was sparked in Tamil Nadu. He even founded the Tamil Nadu Tamil Manavar Mandram, the student wing of Dravidian Movement at that time.

But sharp-tongued, quick-witted M Karunanidhi had other plans.

He was known for drawing foreign investors to India's second largest state economy, and oversaw the state becoming an industrial powerhouse, credited with opening many industrial and technology parks. He is considered a man who has the knowledge of the pulse of the lasses and is considered as one of the greatest intellectuals of his time.

His son and DMK working president M K Stalin called on Chief Minister K Palaniswami at his residence and was closeted with him for some time, officials said. He was elevated as the chief minister following Annadurai's death in 1969. He is the only person to have served the party for 50 years. He had resigned as MLA in 1983 over the Srilankan Tamils issue.

"My thoughts are with the family and the countless supporters of Karunanidhi Ji in this hour of grief".

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He again became the chief minister in 1971, 1989, 1996 and 2006.

When C.N. Annadurai broke away from Periyar's Dravida Kazhagam to start the DMK in 1949, Karunanidhi joined him.

With Sivaji Ganesan making his debut, it marked the beginning of a new era. The DMK patriarch has established an indisputable, not to mention special, place in the lives and hearts of people of Tamil Nadu. Parasakthi, a successful play written by Pavalar Balasundaram, was penned for the screen by Karunanidhi in 1952. He also wrote the stories of some of them like Marudanattu Ilavarasi (1950) Mandiri Kumari (1950), Tirumbipar (1953), Arasilangkumari (1961). MGR was expelled from the party the same year, and he floated the AIADMK, an event that marked the advent of bipolar politics in Tamil Nadu. He was the party's first treasurer and was elected to the assembly in 1957.

A big crowd had been thronging the streets outside the hospital since his hospitalisation but it swelled to some 6,000 Tuesday, an AFP photographer estimated, after doctors said he had suffered a "significant decline".

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