As DMK president M Karunanidhi turned 95 on Sunday, DMK workers and supporters gathered outside his residence in Gopalapuram in Chennai to celebrate. The party supremo’s residence was decorated with flowers and hoardings carrying pictures of him and his son and party working president MK Stalin.
Also known as ‘Kalaignar,’ the veteran leader has not lost a single election he contested in his six-decade-long career. He was first elected to the state Assembly from Kulithalai in then undivided Tiruchirappalli in 1957. He served as chief minister of Tamil Nadu for five terms. He currently represents the constituency of Tiruvarur in the Tamil Nadu state Legislative Assembly.
Chennai: DMK workers gather outside M Karunanidhi’s residence in Gopalapuram on his 95th birthday pic.twitter.com/WOwKkiWFUc
— ANI (@ANI) June 3, 2018
The Dravidian leader has not been seen in public for several months due to health issues. He had undergone a tracheotomy procedure in December 2016 to improve his breathing. His son Stalin is serving as the working president of the DMK. His daughter Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha MP, also looks after party affairs. Karunanidhi has been granted a leave of absence from the Tamil Nadu House due to his health. He last visited the Assembly premises after he was elected from his native district in the May 2016 Assembly polls. On the occasion of his birthday, his son MK Stalin also shared Karunanidhi’s picture on Twitter. Read in Tamil
தமிழ் மக்களின் சிந்தையில் நிறைந்திருக்கும் ஆருயிர்த் தலைவர் @kalaignar89 அவர்களின் 95வது பிறந்தநாளில் அவரிடம் வாழ்த்துப் பெற்று மகிழ்ந்தேன். தமிழக அரசியலின் அச்சாணியாகவும், தமிழ் இனத்தின் வளர்ச்சிக்கும் பெரும்பங்காற்றிய தலைவரை நூறாண்டு கடந்து வாழ வாழ்த்திடுவோம்! #HBDKalaignar95 pic.twitter.com/L6iwUwFRCj
— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) June 3, 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also took to Twitter to wish the DMK leader. “Best wishes to Kalaignar M.Karunanidhi Ji on his birthday. A prolific writer, poet, thinker and orator, Karunanidhi Ji is one of India’s senior-most political leaders. May he be blessed with a long and healthy life,” he wrote. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Twitter wrote, “I would like to wish Shri Karunanidhi ji a very happy birthday! I pray for his good health and happiness, always.”
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took to Twitter this morning to wish him. “Warmest birthday greetings to M Karunanidhi @kalaignar89 Ji. I pray for your good health and happiness,” she said. Newly elected Chief Minister of Karnataka, HD Kumaraswamy also extended his wishes to Karunanidhi on Twitter.
— CM of Karnataka (@CMofKarnataka) June 3, 2018
On his last birthday, leaders from across the country including Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar and CPM’s Sitaram Yechuru had flown down to Chennai to celebrate sixty years of his legislative career.