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Karunanidhi passes away: Rare and unseen photos from his political journey

The former Tamil Nadu chief minister was admitted to the hospital following a dip in his blood pressure last month. On July 31, the hospital had said Karunanidhi would require an extended period of hospitalisation due to “decline” in his general health, although his vital parameters have normalised.

Karunanidhi passes away: Rare and unseen photos from his political journey

Former Tamil Nadu CM and DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi passed away after battling illness at the Kauvery hospital in Chennai on Tuesday. Karunanidhi’s health condition was “extremely critical and unstable”, the last medical bulletin by Kauvery hospital said on Tuesday. (Express archive photo)

Karunanidhi passes away: Rare and unseen photos from his political journey

The former Tamil Nadu chief minister was admitted to the hospital following a dip in his blood pressure last month. On July 31, the hospital had said Karunanidhi would require an extended period of hospitalisation due to “decline” in his general health, although his vital parameters have normalised. (Express archive photo)

Karunanidhi passes away: Rare and unseen photos from his political journey

Karunanidhi with second wife Dayalu (Express archive photo)

Karunanidhi passes away: Rare and unseen photos from his political journey

He had been Chief Minister of the state five times in the past and had held the post of the leader of DMK since 1969. (Express archive photo)

Karunanidhi passes away: Rare and unseen photos from his political journey

With a political career spanning more than 60 years, his first brush with politics was at the young age of 14. His biggest political opponent in the state was M.G. Ramachandran's ADMK and later Jayalalithaa. In Pic: Karunanidhi with friend-turned rival MGR (Express archive photo)

Karunanidhi passes away: Rare and unseen photos from his political journey

The Dravidian veteran was first elected to the state Assembly from Kulithalai in then undivided Tiruchirappally in 1957. In Pic: P. Chidambaram, Karunanidhi, Chander Babu Naidu, GK Moopanar and HD Deve Gowda at a meeting for alliance at Tamil Nadu house. (Express archive photo)

Karunanidhi passes away: Rare and unseen photos from his political journey

Apart from being a politician, he was also a playwright and screenwriter in Tamil cinema. In Pic: Film star Kamal Hassan receiving an award from M Karunanidhi. (Express archive photo)

Karunanidhi passes away: Rare and unseen photos from his political journey

The DMK patriarch had retreated from mainstream politics in 2016 after being diagnosed with a drug-induced allergy and his son, M K Stalin took over as the working president of the party. In Pic: M Karunanidhi with Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray. (Express archive photo)

Karunanidhi passes away: Rare and unseen photos from his political journey

He became chief minister of Tamil Nadu in 1969 for the first time and had held the position in the state five times, with the last tenure being in 2006. (Express archive photo)

Karunanidhi passes away: Rare and unseen photos from his political journey

Karunanidhi with son Azhagiri (Express archive photo)

Karunanidhi passes away: Rare and unseen photos from his political journey

File photo of M Karunanidhi. (Express archive photo)

Karunanidhi passes away: Rare and unseen photos from his political journey

Former prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee with M Karunanidhi at a meeting in New Delhi. (Express archive photo)

Karunanidhi passes away: Rare and unseen photos from his political journey

Former Prime Minister VP Singh with M Karunanidhi in New Delhi. (Express archive photo)

Karunanidhi passes away: Rare and unseen photos from his political journey

M Karunanidhi with then President R Venkatraman. (Express archive photo)

Karunanidhi passes away: Rare and unseen photos from his political journey

M Karunanidhi handing over a container containing valuables for Jawans of Indian Army to former prime minister Indira Gandhi. (Express archive photo)