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#JustIn: Kaliagnar M. Karunanidhi Passes Away At 94

"All the government offices, schools, and colleges will be closed tomorrow", read the govt statement.

In 1974, about 14 years before the Union government's Sarkaria Commission studied Centre-state relations, the DMK government under Karunanidhi passed a resolution in the Tamil Nadu Assembly on state autonomy based on the recommendations of the Rajamannar Committee.

The mortal remains of M Karunanidhi, who died at Kauvery Hospital on Tuesday evening, is being brought to his his Gopalapuram residence. "Despite the best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to resuscitate him, he failed to respond", Kauvery Hospital said in a press release.

According to the latest update, M Karunanidhi's death time was 6.10 pm.

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

DMK cadres continued to mass in large numbers outside the Kauvery Hospital where Karunanidhi, 94, has been admitted since July 28. "If MGR was the welfare agenda man, bordering on populism, much of Karunanidhi's politics focused on creating infrastructure", said political analyst TS Sudhir.

"I am deeply saddened by the passing away of Kalaignar Karunanidhi". In Kollywood, M Karunanidhi was known for his writing works and M.R. Radha gave him the title of Kalaignar.

Mr Karunanidhi was among the proponents of the Dravidian movement, which defines Tamil Nadu politics and espouses rationalism, atheism and challenged the dominance of the upper caste Brahmins.

In 1957, he was first elected to the Tamil Nadu assembly from the Kulithalai assembly of Thiruchirapalli district, one among the first 15 MLAs elected to the then Madras Legislative Assembly on a DMK ticket.

Mr Karunanidhi was a successful film screenwriter, penning multiple hit movies, before moving to politics. Annadurai, who became the chief minister, acknowledged Karunanidhi's role in raising money as well as holding the ranks together. On July 29, his vitals seemed to fluctuated for sometime after which the hospital issued a bulletin saying that his condition had stabilised. He was survived by two wives.

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