DMK chief Kalaignar passes away; supporters throng, security beefed up

Expressing condolences over the death of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader M Karunanidhi, who had passed away on Tuesday after 11 days in the hospital, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced that he will pay tribute to the late leader personally by visiting Chennai on Wednesday. "Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond", Kauvery Hospital said in a press release.

M Karunanidhi, who was popularly referred to as Kalaignar, was admitted to the hospital on 28th July 2018 after he contracted urinary tract infection and developed a high fever.

An atheist and self-declared rationalist, Mr Karunanidhi rose to political prominence in the 1940s as part of the Dravidian movement - which challenged the supremacy of upper caste Brahmins - and through his participation in anti-Hindi language agitations. Hundreds of DMK cadres thronged Chennai's Kauvery Hospital after the news of Karunanidhi's deteriorating health broke out on Monday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has led tributes to the veteran leader. The movie did not just have an huge impact on Tamil cinema, but also enormously influenced Tamil Nadu's political scene.

A high school dropout, Mr Karunanidhi got involved in social and political work at an early age.

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Fondly known as Kalaignar (scholar/artist), Karunanidhi began his career as a screenplay writer for Tamil films in the 1940s.

Karunanidhi made his presence felt in Tamil cinema as a playwright and screenwriter. He was one of the (most senior) leaders of India.

While MGR rose to become one of the most popular public figures in Tamil Nadu's history, Ganesan dabbled in politics but faded from the scene quickly. On July 29, his vitals seemed to fluctuated for sometime after which the hospital issued a bulletin saying that his condition had stabilised.

Karunanidhi, who was demanding a separate state flag for Tamil Nadu since 1970, ensured that chief ministers of states' who weren't allowed to hoist the national flag during Independence Day celebrations until 1974, were given the right to do so.

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