Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin paid tribute to his father and DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi on his 98th birth anniversary on Thursday. Popularly known as 'Kalaignar', Muthuvel Karunanidhi was a writer and politician who served as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for almost two decades, between 1969 and 2011.
Chennai | Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin pays floral tribute to his father and former CM M Karunanidhi on his 98th birth anniversary pic.twitter.com/SkrSY1vTSg— ANI (@ANI) June 3, 2021
Born on June 3, 1924, M Karunanidhi contested 12 assembly polls and never lost an election. The former chief minister of Tamil Nadu entered the legislative assembly at the age of 33, representing Kulithalai constituency.
M Karunanidhi is also known for his contributions to Tamil literature. Before entering politics, Karunanidhi worked in the Tamil film industry as a screenwriter. He also wrote plays, novels and a multiple-volume memoir.
Several people paid tribute to M Karunanidhi on Twitter: Here are a few:
Daughter Kanimozhi took to Twitter a posted a beautiful photo with father Karunanidhi. She wrote in Tamil remembering her father's knowledge and sense of humour.
அறை முழுவதும் மகிழ்ச்சியும் நகைச்சுவையும் அறிவும் நிறையச்செய்யும்— Kanimozhi (கனிமொழி) (@KanimozhiDMK) June 2, 2021
அப்பாக்களின் நாற்காலிகள் காலியாக இருந்தாலும்
Remembering the Revolutionary Leader of Dravidian Movement who had a huge impact on Tamil Nadu Politics as well as coalition governments at the centre. #Karunanidhi#Kalaignar98#KalaignarForeverpic.twitter.com/c9GsaqgJJ5— Vishnu Vardhan Induri (@vishinduri) June 3, 2021
#SivajiGanesan starrer #Parasakthi was elevated to a different level by its powerful dialogues. Remembering the iconic screenwriter #Kalaignar#Karunanidhi, who penned the dialogues for this film and more, on his birth anniversary today. pic.twitter.com/BJf0eJZFLB— AVM Productions (@ProductionsAvm) June 3, 2021
'முத்தமிழறிஞர் கலைஞர் அவர்களின் 98வது பிறந்தநாளையொட்டி, மாண்புமிகு முதலமைச்சர் திரு. @mkstalin அவர்கள், தலைமை செயலகத்தில் இன்று கொரோனா நிவாரணத் தொகை ரூ.2000 மற்றும் 13 மளிகைப் பொருட்கள் அடங்கிய தொகுப்பை பொதுமக்களுக்கு வழங்கினார்'#KalaignarForeverpic.twitter.com/rFVOsRKEip— DMK (@arivalayam) June 3, 2021
On the birth anniversary of M Karunanidhi, the DMK launched several welfare schemes. Chief Minister MK Stalin distributed grocery kits to people. The Chief Minister also released Covid relief package of Rs 2,000 at the state secretariat.