Ailing DMK patriarch M Karunanidhi was shifted to a Chennai hospital past midnight, hours after his son MK Stalin issued a statement that there is an improvement in his health and urged party workers not to believe rumours being spread by miscreants.
“Doctors are attending to Kalaignar round the clock and providing excellent treatment,” Mr Stalin had said in the statement. But his appeals could not convince scores of his supporters, who had gathered near the DMK leader’s Gopalapuram house, to budge.
Sources close to the family said 94-year-old veteran politician was being hospitalised due to blood pressure issues.
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The DMK patriarch had returned home recently after a short stay at Kauvery hospital where he underwent a procedure to change his tracheostomy tube to help him breathe better. Doctors had said he is being provided hospital-level care at home.
Mr Karunanidhi, who has served as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister five times, has been recovering from a long illness for more than a year and is rarely seen in public. He has been tube-fed for some time.
But he recently contracted a urinary tract infection, leading to a decline in his condition. On Friday, the family had said there were signs of improvement with the fever and infection subsiding.
Since yesterday, a stream of politicians has been visiting the DMK chief to enquire about his health. Today, President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi spoke to his son MK Stalin and daughter Kanimozhi, both DMK leaders, to ask about his health, and offered all help. Later in the evening, BJP leaders and superstar Rajinikanth also called on the family.