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Karunanidhi health: Is DMK chief suffering from jaundice?

Karunanidhi health: Is DMK chief suffering from jaundice?

Chief Minister, opposition leader, remarkable orator or a voracious Tamil writer - Karunanidhi (94) left an indelible mark with its own unique properties.

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

Security has been enhanced at the hospital and the Gopalapuram residence of the nonagenarian leader.

Karunanidhi entered politics at the age of 14, after being inspired by a speech made by Alagiriswami of the Justice Party in 1932.

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 founded the first student wing of the Dravidan Movement- Tamil Nadu Tamil Manavar Mandram and also started a newspaper- Murasoli on Aug 10, 1942.

He contributed a lot to Tamil Literature by writing poems, letters, screenplays, novels, biographies, historical novels, stage-plays, dialogues and movie songs. "I will never forget this day in my lifetime", said the 67-year-old, whose fans credit him with contributing to a huge DMK victory in 1996 with a comment that was a snub to AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa. Stalin, now the public face of the party maintains his father will always be the leader, but he's a Chief Minister in waiting. The two parties have been sharing power in the state ever since. The latter, who has a close relationship with her father, would be involved in the 2G scam that would drag the Congress party to defeat in 2014. "It is one of the reasons why DMK continues to survive as a cadre-based unit", said DMK spokesperson Manuraj Sundaram, reports DailyO.

"As the DMK began to engage in electoral politics, the hard edge of social reform in its films was softened and the films increasingly became vehicles for promoting the party as such rather than reform ideology".

He was one of the few politicians who did not lose even one election to the Legislative Assembly. After being dismissed by Indira Gandhi in 1976 after opposing the emergency, he joined hands to fight the Janata Party in 1977 only to fight the 1980 Lok Sabha elections with Indira.

His last active presence in politics was in 2016 when he had a tracheotomy.

The DMK will now be led by M.K. Stalin, Karunanidhi's son and successor.

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