Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expresses grief over death of M Karunanidhi

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

M. Karunanidhi, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and chief of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party, casts his vote at a polling station in Chennai April 13, 2011.

"He is on continuous monitoring and being treated with active medical support".

Karunanidhi was admitted to the hospital following a drop in his blood pressure in the early hours of July 28. He also made innumerable contributions to Tamil literature, having written stories, plays, novels and even a multiple-volume memoir titled "Nenjukku Neethi".

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#05:09 PM: All retail outlets and the bars attached to the state-run company will be shut by 6 pm today: Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC).

Expressing her sorrow, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said, "He was a great leader, who worked for the downtrodden".

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and former Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa gave their condolences after Karunanidhi's passing. Narendra Modi called the maverick politician a deep-rooted mass leader, prolific thinker and an accomplished writer.

June 3, 1924: Born in Thirukkuvalai near Tiruvarur, composite Thanjavur district. In 2014, his party contests the election alone and loses.

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Nearly half a century ago, the DMK in its conference at Trichy in February 1970 floated one of its most popular slogans "Maanilathile Suyatchi, Mathiyile Kootatchi" (Autonomy for states; federalism at the Centre), in an attempt to continue party founder Annadurai's demand to restructure Centre-state relations and to staunchly resist any attempt that infringed the state's prerogatives.

In 1961, he became the DMK treasurer and a year later he became the opposition's deputy leader in the state assembly.

July 27, 1969: Elected as President of DMK, a post he held till the end. He was also instrumental in constructing a 133-foot-high statue of Thiruvalluvar, the famous poet, in Kanyakumari.

#04:46 PM: Chennai: DMK workers gather outside Kauvery Hospital as hospital releases statement that M Karunanidhi's health has deteriorated further.

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He was arrested by the police in 2001, when Jayalalithaa was chief minister, over alleged corruption in the construction of flyovers in Chennai.

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