A week-long state mourning has been declared in Tamil Nadu as DMK chief and five-time Chief Minister M Karunanidhi passed away at 6:10 pm on Wednesday. Affectionately called as ‘Kalaignar’ by his followers, Karunanidhi in 2010, gifted his Gopalapuram residence to set up a hospital for the poor. He is also the only Indian politician to have never tasted defeat in any of the 13 assembly election that he contested consecutively.
On his 86th birthday, ‘Kalaignar’ donated his Gopalapuram residence to Annai Anjugam Trust (named after his mother) to set up a hospital for the poor after his and his wife’s lifetime.
In 1968, he registered the house in the name of his sons Stalin, Alagiri, and Tamilarasu and got their consent to donate it to the Annai Anjugam Trust in 2009.
Famous Tamil lyricist Vairamuthu and former union minister A Raja are among the noted trustees of the Trust.
Karunanidhi had purchased the Gopalapuram house in 1955.