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#JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

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Chennai: Even as DMK president M Karunanidhi continuing his hospital stay for the 10th consecutive day, reports have surfaced that he was suffering from jaundice. At 6.10 pm on August 7, Karunanidhi breathed has last. Abirami Ramanathan and Rohini Pannerselvam, who are members of the Theatre's Association have cancelled all the shows of evening and night across the state.

Ambulance carrying Karunanidhi's mortal remains has left Kauvery hospital and is on its way to DMK Patriarch's Gopalapuram residence.

Former Chief Minister M G Ramachandran and his charismatic protegee, J Jayalalitha, were buried at the Marina beach and their memorials were erected there. The state needs a fresh election soon and return to stability.

"I appeal to party office bearers to ensure that the cadres disperse in a peaceful manner", Stalin, DMK working president, told DMK workers gathered outside Kauvery Hospital.

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. Karunanidhi was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital on July 28 following a dip in his blood pressure, which stabilised after medical intervention. 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.

#JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94
Karunanidhi health: Is DMK chief suffering from jaundice?

As a high school student, Karunanidhi founded the Tamil Nadu Tamil Manavar Mandram, the first student wing of the Dravidian Movement, which campaigned against the notion that Brahmins, the highest caste in Hinduism, in Tamil Nadu and Hindi speakers from northern India were considered superior. He was one of the senior most leaders of India.

A government statement said it was "unable to allot space at Marina beach owing to several pending cases in the Madras high court and legal complications".

Karunanidhi, who wrote scripts for Tamil cinema before entering politics, faced allegations of corruption and nepotism.

Karunanidhi was a legislator for six decades since 1957, when he won for the first time from Kulithalai constituency, till 2016, when he emerged victorious from Tiruvarur as a 92-year-old, barring the period between 1986 and 1989.

The DMK will now be led by M.K. Stalin, Karunanidhi's son and successor.

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