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Muthuvel Karunanidhi Bio, Biography, Born, Died, Wives, Children, Net Worth, Chief Minister and Cause of Death

Karunanidhi dies on 7 August 2018 at the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai


Muthuvel Karunanidhi Bio

Muthuvel Karunanidhi was born on 3 June 1924 and died on 7 August 2018. He was popularly known as Kalaignar (artist), an Indian politician who served as the chief minister of the state of Tamil Nadu for five separate terms in the 1969–2011 period. Karunanidhi was a long-standing leader of the Dravidian Self-respect movement and ten-time president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam political party. Before entering politics he worked in the Tamil film industry as a screenwriter. He has also made contributions to Tamil literature, having written stories, plays, novels, and a multiple-volume memoir.

Karunanidhi died on 7 August 2018 at the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai after a prolonged, age-related illness.

3rd Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

In office 13 May 2006 – 15 May 2011
Governor Surjit Singh Barnala
Deputy M. K. Stalin (2009-2011)
Preceded by J. Jayalalithaa
Succeeded by J. Jayalalithaa
Constituency Chepauk
In office 13 May 1996 – 13 May 2001
Governor Krishna Kant (addit. charge)
M. Fathima Beevi
Preceded by J. Jayalalithaa
Succeeded by O. Panneerselvam
Constituency Chepauk
In office 27 January 1989 – 30 January 1991
Governor P. C. Alexander
Surjit Singh Barnala
Preceded by Janaki Ramachandran
Succeeded by J. Jayalalithaa
Constituency Harbour
In office 15 March 1971 – 31 January 1976
Governor Kodardas Kalidas Shah
Preceded by President’s rule
Succeeded by President’s rule
Constituency Saidapet
In office 10 February 1969 – 4 January 1971
Governor Sardar Ujjal Singh
Preceded by V. R. Nedunchezhiyan (acting)
Succeeded by President’s rule
Constituency Saidapet

Member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly for Thiruvarur

In office 15 May 2011 – 7 August 2018
Preceded by U. Mathivanan

Personal details

Born 3 June 1924 in Thirukuvalai, Madras Presidency, British India (now in Nagapattinam District, Tamil Nadu, India)
Died 7 August 2018 (aged 94) Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Nationality Indian
Political party  Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (from 1949)
Other political
Justice Party, Dravidar Kazhagam (before 1949)
Wives Padmavathi Ammal
Dayalu Ammal
Rajathi Ammal
Children M. K. Muthu
M. K. Alagiri
M. K. Stalin
M. K. Tamilarasu
M. K. Selvi
M. K. Kanimozhi
Residence Gopalapuram, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India 
Net Worth $ 220 million

Muthuvel Karunanidhi Biography

Muthuvel Karunanidhi was Born in Thirukkuvalai town in Nagapattinam district.e His parents were Muthuvelu and Anju. Karunanidhi was more interested in drama, poetry, and literature during his early schooling  season. He was inspired by the speaker Azhagirisamy. He joined the pillar of the Justice Party and, wholly engaged in social movements at the age of 14.  He was  created a youth movement at an early age naming it  as “youth revitalized the organisation”.

The organisation helped young people develop their inspiration and writing. After some time, the state  formed  a state-level “All Students Club.” This was the first student division of the Dravidian movement. Karunanidhi also engaged the student community in social work with other members. DMK The party’s official newspaper, Murasoli, started developing a newspaper for its members. The first major opposition to Karunanidhi’s support for Tamil politics involved in the Kallukudi demonstration (1953). The original name of this industrial city is Kallagudi Dalmiya, which set up a cement plant is from North India and changed the original name Kallakkudi to Dalmiyapuram. DMK opposed the name change as it was seen as North Indian oppression of Tamil Nadu. Karunanidhi and his friend posted papers on the name “Dalmiyaapuram” in the railway station name board and block the passage of the trains. Two people died in the demonstration as the police tried to quell the demonstration, Karunanidhi was arrested following the demonstrations.

Muthuvel Karunanidhi Chief Minister

When Annadurai retired in 1969, Karunanidhi became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and the first leader of DMK, since the leader post was customarily left vacant for Periyar during Annadurai time as Annadurai was party general secretary only. He has held various positions in the party and government during his long career in Tamil Nadu political arena.

80’s & 90’s
After a brief stint as Chief Minister during the late 1980s (the Central government dismissed his government on accusations of degrading Law and Order situation in the state) after Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination. Karunanidhi became the CM of Tamil Nadu in 1996 following a sweeping electoral win in the preceding elections. Following a 5-year rule, his party again lost at the elections to J. Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK in 2001.


He was however back in power when he took over as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 13 May 2006 after his coalition defeated his primary opponent J. Jayalalithaa in the May 2006 elections. At The end of the 5-year administration, the DMK lost the majority of seats in the legislative assembly of Tamil Nadu when elections were held in 2011, thereby ceding power again to the AIADMK under J. Jayalalithaa. During 2016 closely fought contested elections DMK narrowly lost seats against J. Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK.

Muthuvel Karunanidhi Death and Cause

Karunanidhi was in poor health from October 2016 and minimized his political activities and public appearances, with the last one being on his 94th birthday on June 3, 2018. He was admitted to the Kauvery hospital in Chennai on July 28 to August 7.  Muthuvel Karunanidhi died in Kaveri hospital at 6:10 p.m. on 7th August 2018 of age-related illness that led to multiple-organ failure.

Muthuvel Karunanidhi Awards and Titles

  • Annamalai University awarded him an honorary doctorate in 1971.
  • He was awarded “Raja Rajan Award” by Tamil University, Thanjavur for his book Thenpandi Singam.
  • On 15 December 2006, the Governor of Tamil Nadu and the Chancellor of Madurai Kamaraj University, Surjit Singh Barnala conferred an honorary doctorate on the Chief Minister on the occasion of the 40th annual conference.
  • In June 2007, the Tamil Nadu Muslim Makkal Katchi announced that it would confer the title “Friend of the Muslim Community” (Yaaran-E-Millath) upon M. Karunanidhi.

Muthuvel Karunanidhi Condolence on Twitter


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