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Final goodbye to Karunanidhi

A pillar of Tamil politics and co-founder of DMK, Muthuvel Karunanidhi, is no more.

The five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu who along with rivals MG Ramachandran and later, J Jayalalithaa dominated the state’s politics for over 60 years. The political stalwart will be remembered for hislove of literature and theatre and his talent for scripting affecting screenplays.

He was being treated for age-related illnesses in Chennai and succumbed to his complications yesterday.

Karunanidhi served as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu five times between 1969 and 2011, and also played a key role in formation of several coalition governments in center. Being unwell for quite sometime, Karunanidhi was lately confined to his home, except visits to hospital. The grief-stricken DMK cadre has been thronging Anna Arivalayam (the headquarters of the DMK), raising slogans of ‘Kalaignar Vaazhga’ (Long live the artist).

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