M Karunanidhi who had been the president of DMK for almost 50 years now, passed away at 94 at Kauvery Hospital in Alwarpet, Chennai. As per the last health bulletin of former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, he was said to be unstable and crucial. DMK president Muthuvel Karunanidhi died after a prolonged illness. With Karunanidhi’s death Tamil Nadu today lost one of the tallest Dravidian movement leaders. M Karunanidhi was also known for bringing regional parties to a national stage to usher in the coalition era. Following the death of Karunanidhi, a 7-day mourning has been declared in the state.

In his public lifespan of over seven decades, DMK chief had dominated the political scene in the state. He had also been the chief minister of the state for five terms.

7:15 pm | M Karunanidhi’s first son MK Muthu was from late Padmavathy. Muthu had a breif stint with films and politics. 

7:05 pm | Kalaignar laid to rest at Marina Beach with full state honours. He was given 21-gun salute.

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Kalaignar laid to rest at Marina Beach

6:54 pm | M Karunanidhi’s family pays last tribute to the DMK chief at Marina beach. Burial to take place shortly.

6:46 pm | K.Anbazhagan, general secy of the party along with MK Staling pay final tributes to DMK chief Karunanidhi. Anbazhagan had been with Karunanidhi since early 40s.

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Chennai bids final goodbye to DMK chief M Karunanidhi

6:39 pm | Karunanidhi to be given 21 gun salute. He will be laid to rest near Annadurai. 

6:35 pm | Congress President Rahul Gandhi at last rites ceremony of Karunanidhi at Marina beach 

6:30 pm | MK Stalin with sister Selvi and brother MK Alagiri at Marian beach

6:20 pm | Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, State Minister D Jayakumar and Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan pay last tributes to M Karunanidhi.

5:30 pm | Congress president Rahul Gandhi, senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad, Andhra Pradesh CM N Chandrababu Naidu, TMC’s Derek O Brien and others at last rites ceremony of Karunanidhi.

5:08 pm | Heavy security has been deployed to avoid any ruckus or violence during the final rites of DMK chief M Karunanidhi. 

4:33 pm | Penning an emotional letter for DMK chief Karunanidhi, Sonia Gandhi said that he was like a father to her. Kalaignar passed way on August 7 at around 6:10 pm in Chennai while being treated at Kauvery Hospital.

4:15 pm | A report by India Today suggests that chaos and violence took place at the Marina beach as DMK leaders are stopping AIADMK leaders from entering.

4:04 pm | NCP President Sharad Pawar and Congress leader Praful Patel pay tribute to Kalaignar before his remains were being moved from Rajaji Hall.

3:58 pm | Mortal remains of Kalaignar being taken to Marina Beach from Rajaji Hall. Funeral to held with all state honours. 


3:52 pm | Former Jammu and Kashmir Farooq Abdullah pays homage to DMK chief Karunanidhi who passed away on August 7 at 6:10 pm in Chennai.

3:48 pm | DMK leaders start reaching Anna memorial.

3:35 pm | DMK chief M Karunanidhi to have memorial next to erstwhile rival Jayalalithaa, plan revealed by senior DMK leader.

3:27 pm | Supreme Court today refuses to entertain a plea seeking a stay on the last rites of Karunanidhi at Marina Beach. The plea was filed by Traffic Ramaswamy.

3:19 pm | PM Modi pays tribute to DMK chief M Karunanidhi

2: 55 pm | With the construction of the burial currently underway at the beach for Karunanidhi’s burial scheduled to take place at 4 pm, preparations are on for a state funeral. 

2:40 pm| As tributes continue to pour in, RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav, SP leader Akhilesh Yadav, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao pay respects to Kalaignar.

2:30 pm | Congress President Rahul Gandhi pays respect to DMK patriarch Karuranidhi at Rajaji Hall. 

2:15 pm | As thousands have flocked to pay homage to DMK patriarch, police have resorted to lathi-charge to control the crowd. As per reports coming in, the lathi charge has resulted in a stampede claiming 2 lives.  

2:00 pm | Stalin addressed the crowd at Rajaji Hall and hailed the Madras High Court’s decision as victory of people.

01:38 pm | After the Madras High Court cleared the way for the DMK to have the burial for their party patriarch M Karunanidhi at the Marina Beach, which was previously opposed by the AIADMK government, the construction of the burial is currently underway at the beach ahead of Karunanidhi’s burial scheduled to take place at 4 pm.

01:15 pm | DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi’s body to be taken to Chennai’s Marina Beach for the funeral at 4 pm.

12:20 pm | Mamata Banerjee, who was the first to reach the residence of Karunanidhi after his demise, on wedensday arrived at Rajaji Hall and paid respects to the DMK patriarch. 

11: 15 am | PM Modi bowed his hands in reverence to the leader for a few seconds. He then consoled Rajathi Ammal, wife of Karunanidhi, and daughter M.Kanimozhi. He shares few words with DMK working president M.K. Stalin, Kanimozhi and A. Raja before leaving.

11:00 am | Rajya Sabha has been adjourned for the day as a mark of respect to M Karunanidhi.  

10:52 am | MK Stalin breaks down after the High Court’s order. 

10: 50 am | Madras High Court has allowed burial for DMK patriarch at the iconic Marian beach. The order comes as a huge setback for the Tamil Nadu government who denied the DMK’s request for a memorial at the beach.

10: 35 am | Meanwhile PM Modi has reached Chennai to pay homage to DMK chief Karunanidhi. 

10:30 am | Acting CJ begins dictating orders in DMK RS Bharathi’s plea for place for Karunanidhi in Marina

10: 15 am | Security has been beefed up at Marina beach as the Madras High Court continues to hear case of Karunanidhi’s burial at the beach.  Rapid action force has been deployed. 

10:10 amActor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan paid last respects to former CM M Karunanidhi at Chennai’s Rajaji Hall.

9: 40 am | Tamil Nadu government calls the case for Marian burial political agenda of DMK, argues that DK Chief Periyar was the tallest leader of Dravidian movement and he was not buried at Marina beach. 

9: 20 am | DMK lawyers have argued that 1 crore followers would be offended if burial land for Karunanidhi is not allotted at Marina. 

9:10 am | After Tamil Nadu government’s counter-affidavit, DMK has termed it as flimsy stand saying Anna, who is the founder of DMK, used to say my life & soul is Karunanidhi. Burying Karunanidhi next to Gandhi Mandapam cannot be termed as a decent burial, reports ANI

9:00 am| Kalaignar had himself denied permission for Marina Burial to MGR’s wife Janaki, when he was the CM after understanding the protocol manual, reads Tamil Nadu government’s counter affidavit on Karunanidhi’s burial at Marina. 

8:50 am | Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government has rejected the DMK’s demand for burial land at Marina beach and is said to have allocated 2 acres of land at Gandhi Mandapam.

8:40 am | These 6 petitions dismissed were filed last year against any construction of memorials at Marina Beach. Among the 6 petitions is the social activist Traffic Ramaswamy’s petition, who had last year filed it against the construction of memorials at Marina Beach, Traffic told the Madras High Court that he has no objections to Karunanidhi being laid to rest at the iconic location.

8:30 am | Madras HC dismisses 6 petitions against construction of memorials at the iconic Marina beach. 

8:28 amMadras HC directs Traffic Ramaswamy’s lawyer to file memorandum that he has no objection to bury Karunanidhi’s body at Marina beach. Lawyer submits the memorandum to the Acting Chief Justice, reports ANI. 

8:20 am | As the Madras High Court continues to hear the case against denial of burial land by the Tamil Nadu government, leaders from across India pay tribute to DMK patriarch. 

8:15 am | Case against denial of burial land by Tamil Nadu Govt at Marina beach for M Karunanidhi resumes, Tamil Nadu government files its counter affidavit in the case. A hearing in the matter is underway at Madras High Court, reports ANI.

8:00 am | Governor Banwarilal Purohit paid homage to former Tamil Nadu CM Karunanidhi. 

2:29 am | As ambulance carrying Karunanidhi’s burial arrived in CIT colony, slogans raised near Kanimozhi’s residence in CIT Colony demanding Karunanidhi’s burial next to Anna memorial at Marina beach. While crowd kept raising slogans outside Kanimozhi’s residence, police had to resort to lathi-charge.  

1:57 am | While the hearing on Karunanidhi’s burial at Marina Beach has been adjourned till Wednesday 8 am, an ambulance carrying former Tamil Nadu CM M Karunanidhi’s mortal remains has arrived at Kanimozhi’s residence in CIT Colony.

1:50 am | The Madras High Court granted time to Tamil Nadu government for file the counter against DMK’s plea for Karunanidhi’s burial at Marina Beach in Chennai. 

1:48 pm | “Lawyer who represented Traffic Ramaswamy accepted in the court that in this situation, he doesn’t have any objection,” said Balu, Lawyer for Pattali Makkal Katchi.

1:30 am | The Madras High Court has adjourned the hearing for DMK chief and patriarch M Karunanidhi’s burial at Marina Beach till Wednesday morning. The state government said that it needs time to file the counter argument on the case. 

Here are the latest updates from Chennai on events happening after DMK chief Karunanidhi’s death:


12:48 am | According to reports, 4 out of 5 petitions against the burial are already out of the way. The judges, DMK lawyers and other officials are present at Madras High Court Chief Justice residence where the hearing is taking place. 

12:40 am | One of the petitioners who previously filed petition against the burial at the Marina beach while speaking to media when the hearing on DMK’s petion was underway, Doraisamy said, “I withdraw all cases in this regard because Kalaignar Karunanidhi is important for us. So now, there are no legal hurdles for government.” 

11: 48 pm | VCK chief Thirumavalavan urges Union government to accord Bharat Ratna award for Karunanidhi posthumously. 

11: 35pm | Rajinikanth reaches at Gopalapuram residence. 

11:31 pm |West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee reaches Karunanidhi’s Gopalapuram’s residence. 

10:48 pm | Hearing on DMK’s plea against denial of burial land by Tamil Nadu Govt at Marina beach for Kalaignar to begin shortly at CJ’s residence.

10: 41 pm: | DMK workers and supporters gather outside Karunanidhi’s Gopalapuram’s residence after the DMK Chief’s mortal remains reach the house in Chennai. 

10: 20 pm| Congress president Rahul Gandhi expressed grief over M Karunanidhi’s death. He took to his Twitter handle to share his condolence.

10:17 pm| 


10:04 pm | Rajinikanth demands Karuna Memorial at Marina beach. 

9:36 pm |Car maker Hyundai announced that the last shift will not work and tomorrow will not be working too. 

9:28 pm | The Madras High Court will hear to DMK’s memorial demand at around 10:30pm. 

9:20 pm | Karnataka government announces Monday mourning.

9:13 pm | DMK  to move Madras High Court over Karunanidhi’s burial place. the party wants Karuna’s burial next to Anna Memorial at Marina beach in Chennai. 

8:44 pm | DMK approaches Centre for a memorial at Marian beach. Protests by DMK turn violent in Chennai as cadres raise ‘we want Mariana’ slogans.  

8:20 pm | BJP leader Ram Madhav paid condolences to M Karunanidhi. He added that the DMK chief made huge contributions in the political system of Tamil Nadu.

8:00 pm | DMK has now submitted a request for a ‘samadhi’ near Anna memorial. Senior DMK leader Durai Murugan said that their request for a ‘Samadhi’ at the Anna memorial has been accepted but nothing has been communicated.

7:55 pm | M Karunanidhi will be burried at Gandhi Mandapam. His remains will be kept at his Gopalapuram residence. The public can pay homage from 1 am to 3 pm.

7:50 pm | Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said that it was saddening to know about the demise of the DMK chief. 

7:44 pm | Following the death of his father, DMK working president MK Stalin urged all the party workers and supporters to maintain law and order. The statement released by Stalin read that there is no one equal to Karunanidhi in the Dravidian land. He also asked party workers to strive hard to carry forward Karunanidhi’s legacy. He further thanked the staff of Kauvery Hospital for all their support.

7:31 pm | State holiday has been declared on August 8 following the death of former Tamil Nadu chief minister, M Karunanidhi.

7:27 pm | PM Modi, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad will be in Chennai tomorrow, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to reach Chennai on Thursday. 

7:20 pm | Commenting on the reports of M Karunanidhi’s demise, superstar Rajinikanth said that the day DMK chief died, is like a black day in his life which he can never forget. 

6:55 pm | Paying tributes to M Karunanidhi, PM Modi said that he was deeply saddened by the demise of former Tamil Nadu chief minister. He said that they have lost a deep-rooted mass leader, prolific thinker, accomplished writer and a stalwart whose life was devoted to the welfare of the poor and the marginalised.

6:44 pm | DMK chief M Karunanidhi passed away at 6:10 pm today at Kauvery Hospital in Chennai.

6:43 pm | DMK cadres praying for Karunanidhi’s recovery break down outside the hospital after knowing that the health of DMK chif is declining.

6:31 pm | According to chief secretaries office, senior MHA official called them and enquired if any additional forces were needed. There are currently 13 platoons of paramilitary, RAF and other forces which have been deployed in and around Chennai. The forces are reportedly at stand-by.

6:25 pm | A meeting has been called in at District Collectors office for coordination between police and civil administrators

6:20 pm | Keeping mind the health conditions of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, public transportation coming into the state has now been halted for next 12 hours. 

6:04 pm | Karunanidhi’s daughter Selvi, MK Stalin’s wife reach Gopalapuram home with tears in their eyes.

6:01 pm | As per reports, Chief Minister Palaniswami is holding a meet with senior security official of the state to discuss the security measures. Prominent cinema halls in the state cancelled all night shows on Monday as well as on Tuesday.

5:52 pm | Relatives have started coming to Karunanidhi’s residence in Chennai, say reports. Liquor shops have also been shut across the state post 7 pm.

5:48 pm | West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee will also be reaching Kauvery Hospital in a short while to meet DMK chief Karunanidhi. Her flight to Chennai is scheduled at 7:45 pm.

5:40 pm | Following critical health condition of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, the security has been beefed up outside his house and also outside the Kauvery Hospital where thousands of DMK supporters and cadres are praying for a speedy recovery of Karunanidhi.

04:38 pm | The Kauvery Hospital in Chennai has released the latest health bulletin of DMK chief M Karunanidhi.  The press release released by the doctors read that there
has been a decline in the clinical condition of Karunanidhi over last few hours. His vital organ functions continue to deteriorate. The doctors said that he his condition is extremely critical and unstable.

12:00 pmThe supporters of Karunanidhi have gathered outisde the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai and are praying for his speedy recovery. 

8:00 am | DMK leader Kanimozhi meets people gathered outside Chennai’s Kauvery Hospital where her father and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi is undergoing treatment. In the last medical bulletin issued by Chennai’s hospital, doctors treating Karunanidhi said his health is on the decline. 

Updates from August 7:

10:10 pm | DMK Senior Leaders KKSSR Ramachandren, Poongothai and PTR Palanivel Thiaga Rajan arrive at Kavery Hospital in Chennai to meet Karunanidhi. 

9:28 pm | Current visuals from outside the house of DMK chief M Karunanidhi

9:05 pm | The security outside the Kauvery Hospital has been beefed up as several senior politicians have started paying their visits to inquire about the health of Karunanidhi.

9:02 pm | Union Minister Nitin Gadkari visited Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on Monday and enquired about the healt of DMK chief and former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi. 

8:28 pm | DMK supporters and workers are praying for a speedy recovery of M Karunanidhi. 

8:06 pm | As per the health bulletin of M Karunanidhi, the doctors looking after him at the Kauvery hospital said that he facing a decline in his health.

7:18 pm | On Monday, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president S Thirunavukkarasar who met the DMK chief at the Kauvery Hospital said that the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister is facia ng decline in his health. He added that doctors are obsvering him closely and treating him for a speedy reocvery. He said that he is praying for a speedy recovery of DMK chief.

7:10 pm | As per the recent health bulletin issued by the Kauvery Hospital M Karunanidhi is facing a decline in his health.

7: 10 pm | On August 5, President Ram Nath Kovind paid a visit to Kauvery hospital in Chennai to meet the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M Karunanidhi. 

UPDATES from August 5

10:42 AM | Photos of Rajinikanth with DMK president MK Stalin have come out. 

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Rajinikanth arrives at Kauvery hospital in Chennai to visit DMK chief M Karunanidhi

9:15 pm | Addressing media after meeting DMK chief Karunanidhi, Rajinikanth said that the DMK chief was sleeping at the time he visited the hospital. He added that he inquired about his health from his family. He added that he is praying to the almighty for his speedy recovery. 

9:00 pm | As per current health bulletin released by the Kauvery Hospital, the doctors looking after Karunanidhi have extended his period at the hospital.

8:50 pm | Rajinikanth arrives at Kauvery hospital in Chennai to visit DMK chief M Karunanidhi.

8:30 pm | Reports suggest that superstar Rajinikanth will shortly be visiting DMK chief Karunanidhi at Kauvery Hospital in Chennai. 

6:03 pm | Rahul Gandhi who visited the DMK chief in Chennai today said that he joins hands with all the DMK supporters to wish Kalaignar a speedy recovery. 

5:50 pm | Karunanidhi’s Twitter handle shared the first image of DMK chief from Kauvery Hospital. In the image he was being visited by Congress president Rahul Gandhi.

5:10 pm | Congress president Rahul Gandhi paid a visit to karunanidhi at kauvery hospital and told media that he is a strong man. talking about his health, Gandhi said that he is stable now.

July 31 — 5:00 pm | Superstar Rajinikanth likely to visit DMK chief Karunanidhi at Kauvery Hospital in Chennai, shortly

10:00 pm | Talking to media about the health of his father, DMK working president MK Stalin said that his father’s condition is stable. 

7:15 pm | As per current reports, thousands of DMK cadres are praying for the good health of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi. Since it was announced that DMK chief was not well, all of his supporters rushed to his house and have reportedly not moved an inch yet. 

6:29 pm | DMK acting president MK Stalin receives a letter from representatives of Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena. The representatives had visited Kauvery hospital to wish a speedy recovery to DMK chief M Karunanidhi.

5:24 pm | Representatives of Maithripala Sirisena (Sri Lankan President) also visited Kauvery Hospital to meet DMK chief Karunanidhi. They further gave a letter to MK Stalin wishing a speedy recovery to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.

4:20 pm | NCP leader Sharad Pawar arrives at Kauvery hospital to meet DMK chief Karunanidhi.

3:55 pm | Several DMK cadres are praying for chief’s better health at his former residence in Coimbatore. Supporters are still said to be praying for his health outside the Kauvery Hospital.

3:30 pm | Law Minister C Ve Shanmugam along with other senior leaders visited Kauvery hospital to meet DMK chief Karunanidhi. 

3:15 pm |As per reports, R Amsakumar from Kullakkapalayam and another DMK leader from Udhagamandalam, died of heart attack on Saturday evening allegedly due to the stress that was caused following Karunanidhi’s bad health.

3:10 pm | Earlier, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam also visited DMK Chief at the Hospital and told media that his condition is stable now.

3:00 pm | Actor Supriya and his father, Shivakumar, also went to Kauvery Hospital to meet DMK chief M Karunanidhi.


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