PM Narendra Modi mourns Karunanidhi's death; will be in Chennai tomorrow

#JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

The DMK had demanded land at Marina beach for burial of its patriarch M Karunanidhi who passed away at a Chennai hospital Tuesday evening.

DMK workers broke barricades and shouted slogans against the Centre and the state government. "Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond", a press release by Dr Aravindan Selvaraj, executive director of Kauvery Hospital, said.

Karunanidhi, 94, was admitted to the hospital on July 28 and his condition worsened on Monday.

Karunanidhi began his political career at the age of just 14 and participated in anti-Hindi movements.

Politics and literature are both a crucial part of M Karunanidhi's life.

Leading them was Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Popularly known as "Kalaignar" - the artist - Karunanidhi was one of the tallest leaders in Indian politics, one of the stewards of the Dravidian self-respect movement, and at the same time, an important contributor to Tamil popular culture.

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His popularity rivalled that of J. Jayalalithaa, another powerful leader from Tamil Nadu whose death sparked a huge outpouring of grief.

Meanwhile, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, Nitin Gadkari is set to visit Kauvery Hospital later tonight to enquire the health condition of Karunanidhi. He was one of the senior most leaders of India.

When Mr Annadurai died in 1969, Mr Karunanidhi, then in his 40s, took over leadership of the DMK.

Karunanidhi made his presence felt in Tamil cinema as a playwright and screenwriter.

When the DMK entered the electoral fray in 1957 with demands for Dravidanadu-secession from India-the party was still unrecognised, but 33-year-old Karunanidhi won from Kulithalai constituency.

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.

Earlier state Congress president S Thirunavukkarasar informed the media after visiting Kauvery Hospital today that there was a minor setback in "Kalaignar's" condition this morning.

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