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Former Tamil Nadu chief minister Karunanidhi dies

Former Tamil Nadu chief minister Karunanidhi dies

Kauvery hospital had said yesterday evening that Karunanidhi's condition had "declined" and keeping his vital organs functioning remained a "challenge".

On July 26, the hospital said Karunanidhi was suffering from urinary tract infection and he was being treated with intravenous anti-biotics and fluids.

The 94-year-old five-time Tamil Nadu chief minister had been admitted to a hospital in Chennai on July 28 following a dip in blood pressure.

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Co-convener of Swadeshi Jagran Manch and RSS ideologue in Tamil Nadu, Swaminathan Gurumurthy, told News18 that DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi should not be buried at Marina Beach.

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.

Some reports said the government was reluctant about allotting space for Karunanidhi's burial at the Marina as he was not a sitting chief minister.

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Hours before his father's death, DMK working president MK Stalin had earlier today met Chief Minister K Palaniswami seeking space inside the mausoleum complex of the Karunanidhi's mentor CN Annadurai at the Marina.

This has not gone down well with the DMK cadres as well as the majority of people of TN.

State opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala was among those who expressed grief over the death. Since then he continues to be monitored by a team of specialists, reported PTI. Throughout his impressive political career, Karunanidhi has won 12 assembly elections has been appointed the chief minister of Tamil Nadu five times. Kalaignar means artist in Tamil, and the reference is a nod to his widely recognised contributions to film and literature. J.Jayalalithaa's party, AIADMK came to power. The government has also declared a seven-day mourning in the state. Many of his close family members served as lawmakers and his son M. K. Stalin is his de facto successor.

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While MGR rose to become one of the most popular public figures in Tamil Nadu's history, Ganesan dabbled in politics but faded from the scene quickly.