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Karunanidhi’s health highlights: DMK chief recovering steadily, fever coming down, says Stalin

DMK chief M Karunanidhi has been suffering due to a urinary tract infection.

By HT Correspondent | Jul 27, 2018 23:48 IST

DMK president and former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi has been under constant medical care after his health began failing due to a urinary tract infection. Crowds started gathering outside the 94-year-old DMK leader’s residence on Thursday night, with police putting up barricades by Friday morning to manage the rush.

Karunanidhi sons Stalin and Azhagiri visited him overnight and crowds gathered outside his Gopalapuram residence. In a statement released on Thursday, Kauvery Hospital’s executive director Aravindan Selvaraj said there has been a slight decline in Karunanidhi’s health due to age-related ailments.

The leader was recently admitted to Kauvery Hospital for change of the tracheostomy tube.Here are the highlights:

6:20pm IST

Union minister meets Stalin, Kanimozhi

After meeting MK Stalin and Kanimozhi, I came to know that Karunanidhi’s health is improving. They also conveyed that Prime Minister spoke to them over phone inquiring about Karunanidhi’s health. I’ll share details with the PMO and other senior leaders: Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan, reports ANI.

5:55pm IST

Kanimozhi arrives at Karunanidhi’s residence

DMK MP Kanimozhi arrives at the residence of her father M Karunanidhi in Chennai’s Gopalapuram, reports ANI.

3:49pm IST

Chandrababu Naidu wishes Karunanidhi speedy recovery

Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu enquired about Karunanidhi’s health and wished him a speedy recovery, reports news agency ANI.

3:03pm IST

His fever is coming down: Stalin

DMK working president MK Stalin says there is slight improvement in Karunanidhi’s health. His fever has come down and infection reduced, he says. 

2:24pm IST

Mamata Banerjee expresses concern

1:33pm IST

Hope he will recover soon, be able to meet everyone: Stalin

1:14pm IST

Confident Karunanidhi will bounce back, says Vaiko

MDMK chief Vaiko says, “Such fever after a tracheostomy procedure is usual. Stalin told me that he is fine. I am confident that he will bounce back with the same magnetic voice.”

1:13pm IST

Several leaders visit Karunanidhi’s residence

MDMK chief Vaiko, Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan, and Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi leader Velmurugan visited the residence of Karunanidhi and enquired about his health from his family members and the DMK working president M K Stalin.

12:35pm IST

Expelled DMK leader MK Alagiri arrives at Gopalapuram

12:30pm IST

Kauvery Hospital expected to give health bulletin

Kauvery Hospital, whose doctors have been attending to the senior DMK leader at home, are expected to give out an update on Karunanidhi’s health later in the day.

11:50am IST

President Kovind inquires about Karunanidhi’s health

11:30am IST

PM Modi wishes for Karunanidhi’s recovery

Prime Minister Narendra Modi enquires about Karunanidhi’s health.

11:00am IST

Rival AIADMK leaders visit DMK leader

An AIADMK delegation led by deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam had called on the ailing leader. After their visit, Panneerselvam and his cabinet colleague D Jayakumar said Karunanidhi was “doing well”.