The young curly haired man wearing a black shirt was fined ₹ 35 and sentenced to five months in prison. He refused to pay the penalty, stayed in prison for more than a year and since then came to be known as "Kallakudi konda Karunanidhi" (Karunanidhi who won Kallakudi).
He was a wily politician who succeeded his mentor C.N. Annadurai or "Anna" as Chief Minister in 1969 and kept a stranglehold on the party and government.
Karunanidhi's original name was Dakshinamoorthy.
After he took charge as DMK president on July 27, 1969, he led the DMK to a massive victory in the 1971 Assembly elections.
It was the Sarkaria Commission which first stamped Karunanidhi as corrupt in the matter of allotting tenders for the old Veeranam water project. The DMK wanted to bury Karunanidhi at Marina Beach along with several icons of Dravidian movement, but was denied permission by the AIADMK government.
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CHENNAI:Dr.M Karunanidhi passed away at 94 on Tuesday. Parasakthi, a successful play written by Pavalar Balasundaram, was penned for the screen by Karunanidhi in 1952. The movie did not just have an huge impact on Tamil cinema, but also enormously influenced Tamil Nadu's political scene.
Few years further down the line he would win his first election, entering the legislative Assembly in 1957. As he struck a chord with the local community, he became a student leader.
#03:50 PM: Stalin requests CM Palaniswami for a place along Marina beach: DMK working president MK Stalin has reportedly requested Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami for a place along the Marina beach in Chennai, where they can build a memorial for the ailing DMK chief Karunanidhi. Following the death of Annadurai in 1969, he took over as leader of the DMK and as chief minister, a post he would hold for almost 18 years over five separate terms.
Soon after the news of a decline in Karunanidhi's condition spread, hundreds of his supporters gathered outside the hospital, including a large number of women, some failing to control their tears, others waving at the TV cameras, preparing for an overnight vigil at the facility in downtown Alwarpet.
A founder member of the DMK when the party was formed in 1949. The two parties have been sharing power in the state ever since. "He was steadfastly committed to the welfare of Tamils and ensured that Tamil Nadu's voice was effectively heard", Modi said.