DMK chief Karunanidhi’s vitals normalising after brief setback: Hospital
DMK President M Karunanidhi on Sunday suffered a “transient setback” in his health but his vital signs are normalising, said the hospital where he has been admitted since Saturday after his BP dipped
DMK President M Karunanidhi on Sunday night suffered a "transient setback" in his health but his vital signs are normalising, said the hospital where he was admitted early on Saturday following a dip in his blood pressure.
"There was a transient setback in the clinical condition of Karuanidhi, DMK President and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. With active medical support, his vital signs are normalising. He continues to be closely monitored and treated by the panel of expert doctors," stated a 10 pm bulletin released by Kauvery Hospital, where he was admitted.
The medical bulletin was issued as anxiety spread late in the evening over the health of 94-year-old five-time Chief Minister following rumours and thousands of DMK cadres from the city and districts started surrounding the hospital.
Karunanidhi's son MK Stalin, daughter Kanimozhi and other members of the family also rushed to the hospital and senior Congress leaders P Chidambaram and S Thirunavukkarasar visited the family in the hospital and left without talking to the media.
Earlier on Saturday and thoughout Sunday, leaders from various political parties who had visited the hospital, had talked to the media after the visit, expressing their hopes that Karunanidhi would return to normal health.
DMK General Secretary K Anbazhagan, who is older than Karunanidhi, visited the hospital late in the night on hearing about the setback.
Even after the late night bulletin, the DMK cadres who had thronged the hospital appeared still unconvinced and it was left to former Union Minister A. Raja to address them in Tamil to convince them of the latest health condition of Karunanidhi.
Raja said: "It was true that there was a setback in Karunanidhi’s health for a brief period. But with active medical support, the setback was set right. He is in a good condition and being continuously monitored and treated by expert doctors. Don't believe rumours."
Even after the late night bulletin, the DMK cadres who had thronged the hospital appeared still unconvinced and it was left to former Union Minister A Raja to address them in Tamil to convince them of the latest health condition of Karunanidhi
The cadres received this bit of news with a round of applause but still were not ready to leave the hospital area and police had a tough time keeping the crowd under control. Police also carried out a baton charge to disperse a section of the crowd which was uprooting the barricades.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister K Palaniswami cut short his visit to Salem and was returning to Chennai.
Earlier on Sunday, party leaders said Karunanidhi's condition continued to be stable and doctors were confident of his recovery.
The 94-year-old veteran politician was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of Kauvery Hospital here at 1.30 am on Saturday after his blood pressure dropped. Following treatment, Karunanidhi's blood pressure stabilised but he continues to be in the ICU.
On Sunday, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu visited him in hospital and enquired about his health from his family members.
Naidu later tweeted: "Met his family members and doctors and enquired about his health. Doctors said he is stable. Wish him a speedy recovery."
Accompanied by the Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Naidu also met Stalin at the hospital.
Other leaders who visited the hospital were CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien and BJP General Secretary Murlidhar Rao.
On Saturday night too, the hospital said Karunanidhi's condition was stable with active medical support.
For the past two years, Karunanidhi was away from active politics owing to his health condition. Recently Karunanidhi was admitted to Kauvery Hospital for change of the tracheostomy tube.
With a large number of party cadres assembled outside the hospital for second day in succession, a large police contingent was deployed near the hospital.
Policemen who are on leave have been asked to rejoin duty and leave is granted only in exceptional cases.
Bound to his wheelchair for the past couple of years, Karunanidhi, an atheist, was the most multifaceted wily politician who strode Tamil Nadu's literary and political scene leaving his mark in the socio-economic fabric of the state in the last seven decades.
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