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PTI Last Updated at 07 Aug 2018, 20:08 IST India

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K

Palaniswami today paid rich tributes to the late DMK President

M Karunanidhi, saying the deceased leader left his "imprint"

in national politics.

His demise was a "big loss to Tamil Nadu," he said.

Expressing grief over the passing away of the Dravidian

veteran, Palaniswami extended his sympathies to the leader's

family, especially his son and DMK Working President M K

Stalin, also the state Leader of the Opposition, and to DMK


"Former Chief Minister Karunanidhi's demise is a big loss

to Tamil Nadu," Palaniswami said in a statement.

Tracing Karunanidhi's 50 year-journey as DMK chief, he

said the former Chief Minister was one of the senior most

political leaders of the country.

"I was grieved to know that Mr M Karunanidhi, a present

MLA, died at a private hospital," he said.

Karunanidhi represented his native Tiruvarur Assembly

segment in the current assembly.

The Chief Minister recalled that Karunanidhi took to

literary activity as a school student and involved himself in

various social movements at the age of 14.

The veteran leader made his legislative debut in 1957

from Kulithalai constituency, remaining unbeaten in all

elections that he contested since then, he said.

Karunanidhi took over the reigns of the state as its

Chief Minister in 1969, he said, adding, "he strived for

social justice."

He was a five-time Chief Minister, Palaniswami said.

The DMK leader had displayed his talent in the cinema

industry as a script and dialogue writer and "created social

awareness through them," the chief minister said.

"He left his imprint not just in Tamil Nadu politics, but

on national politics," Palaniswami said.

Earlier today, Karunanidhi passed away at a private

hospital here at 6.10 PM after a prolonged illness.

"With deep anguish we announce the demise of our beloved

Kalaignar M Karunanidhi on 07.08.2018 at 6.10 pm. Despite the

best possible efforts by our team of doctors and nurses to

resuscitate him, he failed to respond," Kauvery Hospital,

where he was admitted to, had said.

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