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The crowd outside the hospital started to swell after the medical bulletin issued by Kauvery Hospital on Monday evening said that Karunanidhi's condition had deteriorated. The most enduring mascot of the Dravidian movement breathed his last at 6.10 pm.

"Our country is poorer today", the president tweeted.

"Don't provoke us. We want space at Marina Beach", 101Reporters quoted DMK supporters as chanting outside Kauvery Hospital. Karunanidhi was hospitalised in Kauvery Hospital on July 28 after a dip in blood pressure.

The 94-year-old was being treated for fever and urinary tract infection reported The Hindu. Hindi HataoWhen in 1937, Hindi language was made compulsory for states in the nation, Karunanidhi launched "Hindi hatao aandolan".

On July 27, 1969, M. Karunanidhi was elected as the president of DMK.

Karunanidhi was chief minister of Tamil Nadu five times and successfully contested 12 state elections, building legions of supporters on the way.

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

Karunanidhi has a lot of feathers in his cap. Kalaignar, as he is known, had entered politics full-time after a flouring career as a script writer. "That is why we are here", said a party member. Both were bitter foes of Karunanidhi in politics. 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 one of the senior most leaders of India. "I was a key reason for her (party's) defeat". It is an wonderful achievement for any organisation, especially one that is as large as the DMK.

Since then he continues to be monitored by a team of specialists.

His focus on infrastructure led him to share a cordial relationship with businessmen and entrepreneurs.

Modi said he had the opportunity of interacting with Karunanidhi on several occasions. Soon, the two of them became the centre of attraction for party workers. Karunanidhi has never, in his entire life, lost a single assembly election! He had been married three times and had six children.

Karunanidhi is survived by his wives Dayalu Ammal and Rajathi Ammal, sons M.K. Muthu, M.K. Azhagiri, M.K. Stalin and M.K. Tamzhalarasu and daughters Selvi and Kanimozhi.

The 94-year-old veteran politician, who gave 80 years of his life to Tamil Nadu's people, lived a life full of surprises.


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