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Reaching out after signing of historic peace accord between government and Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland NSCN (I-M), Prime Minister Nare..... Read More
DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Wednesday said that the party would not contest the June 27 by-election to the Tamil Nadu assembly from the Radhakri..... Read More
DMK president M.Karunanidhi on Tuesday said that party would deliberate at its district secretaries meeting on May 25 on whether to appeal against t..... Read More
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DMK president M. Karunanidhi on Monday termed the Supreme Court ruling in corruption case against AIADMK leader J. Jayalalithaa as a very big victor..... Read More
About M. KarunanidhiMuthuvel Karunanidhi is an Indian politician who has served as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu on five separate occasions. He was born on 3 June 1924. He is the president of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), a major Dravidian political party in the state of Tamil Nadu. Karunanidhi has led this party since the demise of its founder, C. N. Annadurai, in 1969. In a political career spanning more than six decades, Karunanidhi holds the record of winning a seat every time he has contested. The DMK chief has also worked as a playwright and screenwriter for Tamil cinema. He is known as 'Kalaignar' (meaning 'artist') by his supporters.
Political Career of M. KarunanidhiKarunanidhi was inspired to join politics at a young age of 14 after hearing a speech by Alagiriswami of the Justice Party. His political career began with participation in Anti-Hindi agitations. He started an organisation of the local youth in his locality and circulated a handwritten newspaper, 'Manavar Nesan', among its members.
Subsequently, he founded a student organisation called 'Tamil Nadu Tamil Manavar Mandram'. It was the first student wing of the Dravidian Movement. Karunanidhi got involved in social work along with other members of his organisation. He started a newspaper which grew into 'Murasoli', the DMK party's official newspaper today.
Karunanidhi's foray into Tamil Nadu politics began with his participation in the Kallakudi agitation in 1953. The original name of this industrial town was Kallakudi and it was changed to Dalmiapuram to name it after a cement baron who had built a cement plant here. The DMK was protesting to change the name back to Kallakudi. During the protest, two people died and Karunanidhi was arrested.
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When the DMK came to power in 1967, he became the minister for public works. After the death of C.N. Annadurai in 1969, Karunanidhi became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. He has held various positions in the party and government during his long career in Tamil Nadu politics.
Karunanidhi suffered multiple electoral defeats against his main opponent M.G. Ramachandran's ADMK until the latter's death in 1987. Karunanidhi became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in 1996. After completing a full term, his party lost in the 2001 elections to J. Jayalalithaa's AIADMK.
He was back in power five years later after his coalition defeated J. Jayalalithaa in the 2006 elections. After another full term in office, Karunanidhi lost to Jayalalitha's AIADMK in the 2011 Assembly elections. He is currently representing Tiruvarur constituency in Tamil Nadu legislative assembly. He has been elected to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly 12 times and once to the erstwhile Tamil Nadu Legislative Council.
Last Updated on 24 February, 2017.