Karunanidhi: The scriptwriter who shaped political landscape of Tamil Nadu

Here is a brief timeline explaining the political struggles of the Thalaivar Kalaignar Karunanidhi.

Published: 07th August 2018 10:19 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th August 2018 06:19 PM   |  A+A-

M Karunanidhi (FIle photo | EPS)

By Online Desk
  • Birth: 3 June, 1924

  • Joined politics at the young age of 14

  • On 17th September, 1949, Arignar Anna established the DMK party

  • Kalaignar was entrusted with the responsibility of spearheading the campaigns and garnering support among the people of Tamil Nadu.

  • In 1953 Karunanidhi's foray into Tamil Nadu politics began with his participation in the Kallakudi agitation.

  • First elected to Tamil Nadu legislative assembly in 1957 from Kulithalai seat of Tiruchirappalli district

  • Kalaignar was elected as the party president in 1969, after the demise of Arignar Anna,

  • In 1979, he struck an alliance with Indira’s Congress against MGR’s ADMK-Janata combine

  • Swung into the National Front, an anti-Congress formation.

  • DMK forms government for the third time on January 1989 after winning the general elections.

  • Karunanidhi ensures a berth for nephew, Murasoli Maran in the V P Singh cabinet.

  • Between 1996 and 1998 DMK chief emerged as an important player in the United Front.

  • In 1999,  DMK joined the ministry of Prime Minister A B Vajpayee.

  • In 2001, the Jayalalitha-led AIADMK government got Karunanidhi arrested on corruption charges along with nephew Dayanidhi Maran.

  • The arrest which left the entire country shell-shocked took place in a dramatic manner with Kalaignar being arrested at 2:00 am with police dragging him off his residence in July, 2001.

  • In 2004, the grand old Dravidian party swept all the 40 Lok Sabha constituencies in Tamil Nadu and helped Congress-led UPA to form government at the Centre.

  • The DMK came back to power in 2006 for the fifth time with Kalaignar Karunanidhi as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time.

  • In 2009, Karunanidhi underwent spinal surgery and was confined to wheelchair permanently.

  • A. Raja resigns as the Telecom Minister amid allegations of corruption in the 2G scam in 2010.

  • Karunanidhi's daughter Kanimozhi also named as one of the accused in the 2G scam. She was arrested later in 2011.

  • The DMK chief won the 2011 assembly election for the 12th consecutive time from Thiruvarur.

  • In August 2016, the DMK chief made his second appearance in the assembly since J. Jayalalitha-led AIADMK government came to power.

  • In December 2016, Thalaivar was admitted to the Kauvery hospital due to difficulty in breathing but was discharged after treatment.

  • Karunanidhi named M K Stalin as the working president of DMK in January 2017 thus making him his heir-apparent.

  • May 2017 Kalignar celebrated his 94th birthday after recovering from tracheotomy and regaining his speech.

  • October 2017 the DMK chief M Karunanidhi made his first public appearance after a year at an exhibition in Chennai.

  • In April, 2018 Kalignar visited the DMK party office for the last time.

  • 28 July, 2018 at 1:30 am the DMK chief rushed to Kauvery hospital after his blood pressure fell drastically.

  • The week-long struggle of Thalaivar Kalaignar came to an end as he lost his battle for life on 7 August, 2018 at 6:40 PM.

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