The memorable occasions of the Diamond Jubilee of DMK leader Karunanidhi’s sessions in the Legislative Assembly and his 94th birthday are being celebrated with much pomp and fanfare in Chennai today (Saturday, 3rd June).
Karunanidhi, fondly called as Kalaignar, was born on 3rd June in the year 1924 in Thirukkuvalai, located in the Nagapattinam District. He was born to Muthuvelar (father) and Anjugam (mother).
The original name of Karunanidhi was Dakshinamurthy. When he was 14 years of age, he was attracted by the political speech of Alagirisamy and was drawn towards politics.
He got more closely involved in politics with the Anti-Hindi Agitation. He contested as an independent candidate in the legislative constituency of Kulithalai during the 1957 Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Elections and won.
In further Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly Elections, Karunanidhi contested and won as a DMK candidate in the Thanjavur constituency in 1962, in the Saidapet constituency in the years 1967 and 1971, in the Chennai, Anna Nagar constituency in the years 1977 and 1980, in the Chennai Port constituency in the years 1989 and 1991 in Chennai, Chepauk constituency in the years 1996, 2001, and 2006 and in the Thiruvarur constituency in the years 2011 and 2016. Thus he has been a member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly for a period of 60 years, a Diamond Jubilee for celebrations.
After the death of the founder leader Annadurai, Karunanidhi became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the first time in the year 1969. Consequently, he was the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for 5 times during the periods: 1971-1976, 1989-1991, 1996-2001, and 2006-2011. He has been the undisputed leader of the DMK party over the last 40 years.
The DMK leaders decided to celebrate the memorable occasions of his diamond jubilee in the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly and his 94th birthday in a grand manner.
Accordingly, grand celebrations are scheduled to be organised at the YMCA grounds in Royapettah, Chennai at 5.00 PM today (Saturday, 3rd June) marking the above 2 memorable occasions.