Veteran Indian baby-kisser Muthuvel Karunanidhi has died at the age of 94.
He used to be being handled for age-similar illnesses in Chennai (beforehand Madras) in southern India’s Tamil Nadu state.
Mr Karunanidhi served as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu 5 occasions between 1969 and 2011, and likewise performed a key role in federal politics. He contested – and received – THIRTEEN elections within the state.
a school dropout, he made his title as a successful scriptwriter in Tamil films.
Police have higher security in Chennai amid fears of unrest amongst his supporters, who’ve amassed in the streets in massive numbers.
Mr Karunanidhi died at 18:10 local time (THIRTEEN:10 GMT) on Tuesday, the Kauvery Medical Institution in Chennai said.
He used to be active in politics until his death and so much lately contested the 2016 state assembly in opposition to his long-time opponent and bitter rival Jayaram Jayalalitha, who died later that year.
An atheist and self-declared rationalist, Mr Karunanidhi rose to political prominence within the forties as part of the Dravidian motion – which challenged the caste supremacy of Brahmins – and through his participation in anti-Hindi language agitations.
A prolific creator and a fiery speaker known for his wit and oratory, he enjoyed god-like standing amongst his supporters.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has led tributes to the veteran leader.
Deeply saddened by the passing away of Kalaignar Karunanidhi. He was one in every of the senior so much leaders of India.
we have misplaced a deep-rooted mass chief, prolific thinker, accomplished author and a stalwart whose life was once dedicated to the welfare of the poor and the marginalised. pic.twitter.com/jOZ3BOIZMj
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 7, 2018
The hashtag #RIPKalaignar could also be gaining traction on Twitter. Kalaignar approach artist in Tamil, and the reference is a nod to his widely recognized contributions to film and literature.