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Karunanidhi better after ‘unexpected setback’, says son Stalin; appeals to party cadres for calm

The hospital said there was a “transient setback” to Karunanidhi’s health but his vitals signs were normalising. The DMK chief is continuously being monitored and treated by a panel of expert doctors in the ICU.

india Updated: Jul 30, 2018 06:28 IST
M Manikandan
M Manikandan
Hindustan Times, Chennai
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A vendor displays portraits of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party president M Karunanidhi in front of the hospital where he is being treated, in Chennai on July 28, 2018. (AFP)

DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s health is improving after a temporary setback, said his family and Chennai’s Kauvery Hospital, where the veteran leader is being treated, on Sunday night.

“There has been an unexpected setback in the health of Karunanidhi. But after critical medical care, he is normalising. A team of doctors is continuously monitoring and treating him. I appeal to the cadres to not indulge in any violence, not obstruct police and not disturb public,” said MK Stalin, Karunanidhi’s son and political heir.

“Kalaignar is fine and we are going home,” said MK Azhagiri, Karunanidhi’s elder son. Daughter M Kanimozhi, too, told media that her father is fine.

Stalin, Azhagiri, Kanimozhi and another daughter Selvi, returned to the 94-year-old leader’s home in Chennai’s Gopalapuram after gathering at the private hospital on Sunday evening.

Karunanidhi’s “vital signs are normalising” after a “transient setback” in his condition, and he is being closely monitored, the hospital said in a statement a little before 10 pm on Sunday.

Chief minister E Palaniswamy, who was in Coimbatore for an event, is delaying his return to Chennai on the police’s advice, sources told Hindustan Times. Emotions are running high outside the hospital as crowds have gathered in hundreds, waiting in the rain and praying for Karunanidhi’s recovery.

Heavy security has been deployed at the hospital and police had to cane the crowd briefly in an attempt to disperse supporters and DMK workers, who shouted slogans in Karunanidhi’s praise.

Barricades have been set up along the 2-km stretch from the hospital to Gopalapuram, causing traffic jams.

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Senior politicians, including Congress party’s P Chidambaram and TMC’s Derek O’Brien, visited the veteran politician on Sunday.

Vice president M Venkaiah Naidu also paid a visit earlier in the day to inquire about the DMK chief’s health and said he was told by doctors that Karunanidhi’s condition was stable. “Visited Kaveri Hospital and met former Chief Minister Thiru Kalaignar Karunanidhi. Met his family members and doctors and enquired about his health. Doctors said he is stable. Wish him a speedy recovery,” Naidu tweeted.

The DMK president, who is being treated for fever due to urinary tract infection, was admitted to the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on Saturday following a dip in his blood pressure.

First Published: Jul 29, 2018 15:22 IST