M Karunanidhi's health condition declines, doctor says 'next 24 hours' are crucial

  • M Karunanidhi's health condition declines, doctor says 'next 24 hours' are crucial

M Karunanidhi's health condition declines, doctor says 'next 24 hours' are crucial

TThe Tamil Nadu government declined on Tuesday opposition DMK's request for a burial site at Chennai's Marina Beach for senior politician M Karunanidhi, who died in a private hospital at 94, sparking a controversy that forced a late-night court hearing after tension gripped the state.

The funeral is due to take place on Wednesday (Aug 8) and the state government has declared a seven-day mourning period.

As per official reports, all the government functions and cinema shows in Tamil Nadu that were scheduled on August 7 and August 8 in the state were cancelled.

"Despite the best possible efforts by a team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond". Karunanidhi was hospitalised in Kauvery Hospital on July 28 after a dip in blood pressure.

He was only 14 years old when he started participating in anti-Hindi agitations and similar political movements.

During Mr Karunanidhi's last illness, both Rajinkanth and fellow-actor-politician Kamal Haasan had gone to meet Karunanidhi multiple times.

Karunanidhi was born on June 3, 1924 in a small village named Thirukkuvalai in Tamil Nadu. Kauvery Hospital released a statement expressing anguish over his death at 6:10 PM.

Addressed as Mu Ka, Tamil abbreviation of his name, by his peers, Karunanidhi's letters to DMK cadres in party mouthpiece Murasoli and his autobiography-cum-commentary on contemporary politics Nenjukku Needhi, are the favourite reading material for his supporters.

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. His demise marks the end of an era in Tamil Nadu and India lost one of its worthiest sons, said Patnaik.

Actors S.S. Rajendran won a seat in local elections in 1962 and M.G. Ramachandran became chief minister after he left the DMK to set up his own party, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), following differences with Karunanidhi.

"There has been a decline in the medical condition of Karunanidhi".