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The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday evening refused Marina burial for DMK chief M Karunanidhi, citing legalities. "Maintaining his vital organ functions continues to remain a challenge considering his age related ailments", the statement said, adding that "he is on continuous monitoring and being treated with active medical support". "His response to the medical interventions over the next 24 hours will determine the prognosis", executive director of the hospital Dr Aravindan Selvaraj said in the release.

The veteran of Dravidian politics was shifted to the hospital on July 28 from his Gopalapuram residence following a dip in his blood pressure and he was under treatment in the Intensive Care Unit ever since. Born in Thirukkuvalai village in Nagapattinam district of Tamil Nadu, Karunanidhi was interested in drama, poetry and literature in his childhood. His death has led to an outpouring of grief in Tamil Nadu, with supporters coming out on the streets to pay their last respects to the Kalaignar. He was one of the senior most leaders of India. "We have lost a deep-rooted mass leader, prolific thinker, accomplished writer and a stalwart whose life was devoted to the welfare of the poor and the marginalised", the PM tweeted. "My condolences to his family and millions of well-wishers". At the age of 33, M Karunanidhi entered the Tamil Nadu assembly by winning the Kulithalai seat in the 1957 election.

DMK's fortunes revived in 1989 when it won handsomely assisted by a split in AIADMK, with one faction led by its founder's widow Janaki Ramachandran and the other by Jayalalithaa. It is often said that he was just 14 when he became actively involved in politics inspired by the speeches of Alagirisamy of the Justice Party.

Karunanidhi holds the record of not losing a single election since then.

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In 1961, he became the DMK treasurer and a year later he became the opposition's deputy leader in the state assembly.

May 13, 2006: Sworn in chief minister for fifth time, elected from Chepauk constituency in Chennai.

December 31, 1999- January 1, 2000: Presides over unveiling of the massive 133-feet tall statue of saint-poet Thiruvalluvar at Kanyakumari.

When C.N. Annadurai broke away from Periyar's Dravida Kazhagam to start the DMK in 1949, Karunanidhi joined him.