Karunanidhi still in ICU, but stable; Sri Lankan ministers, leaders visit hospital
CM Palaniswami assured supporters outside the Kauvery hospital that the five-time former chief minister of Tamil Nadu was stable and his condition was improving.Updated: Jul 30, 2018 21:24 IST
Hindustan Times, Chennai
Ailing DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi, who has been hospitalised because of an infection and age-related ailments, is stable but continues to be given treatment in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
A host of leaders from several political parties, including AIADMK’s chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam, and Sri Lankan ministers visited the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai where he has been admitted since Saturday.
Crowds of supporters thronged the hospital from different parts of the state, hoping and praying for the 94-year-old leader.
CM Palaniswami assured them that the five-time former chief minister of Tamil Nadu was stable and his condition was improving.
“I met him along with O Panneerselvam, (son) Stalin and (daughter) Kanimozhi. The medical team is monitoring his health round the clock,” Palaniswami told media, amidst applause from DMK cadres, a rare incident in the state’s political scenario.
DMK leader A Raja also assured DMK supporters that Karunanidhi was stable and improving after the setback on Saturday.
Several leaders from across the political spectrum, including Nationalist Congress leaders Sharad Pawar and Praful Patel, visited the hospital.
Sri Lankan ministers Arumuga Thondaiman and Sendhil Thondaiman came with a communique from Sri Lankan president Sirisena, wishing a speedy recovery for the DMK leader.
Spiritual guru Jaggi Vasudev visited the hospital and comforted Stalin and Kanimozhi. Nearly 100 priests from the Church of South India Diocese also performed prayers.
A proposal to take the ailing leader to a foreign hospital where he could be given better treatment was given up considering his age, sources told HT.
Police had trouble maintaining the crowd outside the hospital.
“Shortly after the CM press briefing, a section of crowd dispersed. But there is tension because of social media rumours. A lot of youngsters are visiting the hospital to take selfies, and this poses headache for the police personnel,” a senior police officer said.
In Madurai district, a DMK worker named S Malaichamy (30) committed suicide at his house in Thirumangalam. “He consumed rat poison on Sunday evening and failed to respond to treatment,” said a police officer.
Earlier in the day, the Vellore district police arrested S Dheenathayalan of Naam Tamilar Party for spreading rumours about the Karunanidhi’s health on social media. The arrest was made following a complaint by DMK IT wing against the accused, police said.
First Published: Jul 30, 2018 21:23 IST