DMK cadres are thronging outside Kauvery Hospital as medical bulletin says he will be monitored for the next 24 hours
After rumours of a "setback" to Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam president and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi’s health on Monday, party cadres thronged the Chennai hospital where he is admitted.
The Kauvery Hospital released a statement at 6:30 pm, saying there is a decline in Mr. Karunanidhi’s medical condition and he will have to be monitored for the next 24 hours.
Mr. Karunanidhi was admitted to the hospital following a drop in his blood pressure in the early hours of July 28. Since then the five-time Chief Minister’s medical status has gone through ups and downs. After a setback on July 29, he continues to be hospitalized for an extended period due to age-related ailments, and is under "active medical support".
A spate of visitors have seen the 94-year-old leader during the past few days, including the President of India Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, and former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda. Actor-turned-politicians Kamal Haasan and Rajnikanth and actors Vijay and Ajith, also visited the hospital.
Here are the live updates:
The DMK General Secretary and a close friend of Mr. Karunanidhi, K. Anbazhagan, reaches the hospital. Television channels show footage of him reaching the hospital via the rear gate.
At 6:30 pm, Kauvery Hospital releases a statement saying "there has been a decline" in Mr. Karunanidhi’s health. The statement further says, "his response to the medical interventions over the next 24 hours will determine the prognosis."
The bulletin reads:
"There has been decline in the medical condition of the DMK president and former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi. Maintaining his vital organ functions continues to remain a challenge considering his age related ailments."
The bulletin further stated "He is on continuous monitoring and being treated with active medical support. His response to the medical interventions over the next 24 hours will determine the progress."
Former Ministers Ponmudi and Durai Murugan arrive at the hospital.
Police deployed in more numbersnear Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on Monday.
| Photo Credit: S.R. Raghunathan
Police have increased the security outside Kauvery Hospital as more people start coming.
Mr. Karunanidhi’s family members, including sons M.K. Stalin,M.K. Alagiri, M.K. Tamilarasu and daughter Kanimozhi reach Kauvery Hospital. Other key party leaders such as A. Raja and K.N. Nehru also reach the hospital, reports Udhav Naig.
Emotional scenes outside the hospital
As reports suggest a setback to Mr. Karunanidhi’s health, DMK cadres return to the hospital premises and shout slogans, exhorting him to return to good health.
‘Under intensive care’
Earlier today, Mr. Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal visits the hospital for the first time since his admission. A short while later, TNCC president Thirunavukkarasar speaks to the media regarding the DMK leader’s health.
TNCC president Thirunavukkarasar issues a statement on DMK leader Karunanidhi’s health
| Photo Credit: Velankanni Raj
"I enquired about DMK president Karunanidhi’s health with his family members today. There has been a small setback in his health condition and it is being treated as of now," he said. "For the last one week, there has been a few setbacks and improvements in his health condition. This morning, there was a setback again, and he is under intensive care. Let’s all pray that he gets well soon," he added.
At the 50th year of being at the helm of DMK
DMK patriarch M. Karunanidhi crossed a milestone in the country’s political history on July 27 when he became the first leader to enter the 50th year as president of the party.
The former Chief Minister was elected party president on July 27, 1969. Five months earlier, on February 10, 1969, he was elected the legislature party leader of the DMK and became the Chief Minister of the State following the death of party founder C.N. Annadurai.
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