Leaving the entire Tamil community in a deep state of agony, Muthamizh Arignar Dr.M.Karunanidhi has passed away a few hours ago at the Kaveri hospitals in Chennai.
The 94-year-old veteran politician, who gave 80 years of his life to Tamil Nadu's people, lived a life full of surprises. 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.
DMK chief Karunanidhi is on continuous monitoring and being treated with active medical support, the hospital added.
"There has been a decline in the medical condition of DMK president and former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi".
Thousands of his supporters gathered outside the hospital in Chennai to mourn his demise, as scores of policemen kept watch. Responding to the state's request, the Union Home Ministry was sending 13 companies of CRPF to the state.
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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.
DMK working president M.K. Stalin, recalling the long public life of Karunanidhi, had written to Chief Minister K Palaniswami seeking space inside the mausoleum complex of the departed leader's mentor C.N. Annadurai at the Marina. Admitted in hospital since July 28, Karunanidhi's blood pressure has been on a fluctuating mode and he continues to be hospitalised for his age-related ailments. He is the only person to have served the party for 50 years. He was one of the senior most leaders of India. Tamil Nadu DGP ordered all police officers to report on duty immediately. That's what makes him acceptable across generations of Tamils. "Maintain peace", said Stalin, Karunanidhi's political heir, in a statement.
His last tweet was also a photo with Karunanidhi, when he went to wish him for his 94th birthday in June. In 2016, DMK became the largest Opposition party in the Tamil Nadu Assembly. His son M.K Stalin is the party chief now.
The DMK lost the elections to Ms J. Jayalalithaa of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, but Mr Karunanidhi still won his seat in his constituency of Tiruvarur.