MK's house to be converted as hospital for poor

In 2010, on the eve of his 86th birthday, Karunanidhi donated his Gopalapuram residence to the Annai Anjugam Trust for running a free hospital for the poor.

For more than half-a-century, Anjugam Illam – M Karunanidhi's residence was one of the famous addresses in Chennai having frequented by top political leaders and cadres of the DMK.

Karunanidhi, who bought the Gopalapuram residence in 1955 when he was a top-notch scriptwriter in the tinsel town, had lived there for most of his life.

Gopalapuram residence, as it was known in political circles, would be teeming with people everyday – irrespective of the DMK's status in the Assembly – Karunanidhi would receive cadre at this very building in the mornings and on festival days.

And Karunanidhi rightly wanted this house to serve the people after his and his wife's lifetime.

In 2010, on the eve of his 86th birthday, Karunanidhi donated his Gopalapuram residence to the Annai Anjugam Trust for running a free hospital for the poor.

The hospital would be called Kalaignar Karunanidhi Hospital and will be run by the trust.

"I am a rationalist. So, I am satisfied. If I were a spiritualist, my soul would have felt satisfied," he had said after donating the house.

The DMK said Karunanidhi had bought the house in 1955 from one Sarabeswara Iyer and in 1968 registered the property in the names of his sons M K Azhagiri, M K Stalin and M K Tamizharasu.

However, after he announced his decision to convert the house into a hospital, the three returned the property to him in 2009 to enable him to fulfil his wishes.

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