Security on Sunday was increased outside the DMK headquarters and Kauvery Hospital in Chennai, where former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi was admitted following a drop in blood pressure on Saturday. According to television reports, Chief Minister K Palaniswami has cancelled his events in Salem and have rushed back to the city. Family members of the DMK leaders have also rushed to the hospital. A medical bulletin on the DMK chief’s health is expected to be released shortly by the hospital.
Earlier in the day, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu visited the ailing DMK leader. “Visited Kauveri 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 after his visit.
Besides Naidu, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, BJP leader Muralidhar Rao and the party’s Tamil Nadu unit party president Tamilisai Soundararajan also visited the hospital. “I came here on behalf of the TMC and Mamata Banerjee. I met M K Stalin and Kanimozhi and inquired about Karunanidhi’s health,” Derek said.
Hospital authorities said, "Karunanidhi's health condition continues to remain stable with ongoing active medical support". Follow this space for latest updates. Read in Tamil, Malayalam
Kauvery Hospital's latest medical bulletin on Karunanidhi's health
Kauvery Hospital releases medical bulletin
There was a transient setback in the clinical condition of Kalaignar Dr M Karunanidhi, 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," Dr Aravindan Selvaraj, Executive Director of the hospital, said in a press release.
Leaves of police cancelled: Report
According to India Today Television, the leaves of the state police personnel have been cancelled.
Trouble breathing normally: Report
According to reports, the former CM is experiencing trouble breathing normally.
CM Palaniswami rushes back to Chennai, Karunanidhi's kin leaves for hospital
According to India Today Television, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami has cancelled his events in Salem and have rushed back to Chennai. Family members of Karunanidhi have also rushed to the hospital. Stalin, Alagiri and Kanimozhi also at present at the spot.
CM Palaniswami rushes back to Chennai
According to the television channel, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami has cancelled his events in Salem and have rushed back to Chennai.
Medical bulletin on Karunanidhi's health to be released shortly
According to India Today Television, Kauvery Hospital is likely to release a medical bulletin on the health of the DMK patriarch soon.
Karunanidhi's family rushes to Kauvery Hospital
According to the television channel, Karunanidhi's family have rushed to the hospital. Stalin, Alagiri and Kanimozhi also at present at the spot.
P Chidambaram visits Karunanidhi in hospital
According to India Today Television, former finance minister P Chidambaram also visited the DMK supremo at the hospital on Sunday. Security has been increased in the area.
Odisha MP Baijayant Jay Panda visits Karunanidhi
Odisha MP Baijayant Jay Panda also arrived at the hospital to visit the DMK supremo. "I came here to convey my best wishes for Karunanidhi Ji's speedy recovery. He has played a tremendous role in the social transformation and economic development of the nation. I also met MK Stalin, Kanimozhi and other DMK leaders," he later told reporters.
I came here to convey my best wishes for Karunanidhi Ji's speedy recovery. He has played a tremendous role in social transformation & economic development of the nation. I met MK Stalin, Kanimozhi& other DMK leaders: Bijayant Jay Panda after visiting DMK chief at Kauvery hospital pic.twitter.com/LnRlzchHB2— ANI (@ANI) July 29, 2018
First image of Karunanidhi in hospital
The first image of Karunanidhi in hospital has been released by his official Twitter handle. It was taken when V-P Venkaiah Naidu paid him a visit earlier today afternoon.
காவேரி மருத்துவனையில் சிகிச்சை பெற்று வரும் தலைவர் கலைஞர் அவர்களை இந்திய குடியரசு துணைத் தலைவர் மேதகு வெங்கைய்யா நாயுடு - தமிழக ஆளுநர் மாண்புமிகு பன்வாரிலால் புரோகித் ஆகியோர் நேரில் சந்தித்து தலைவர் கலைஞர் அவர்களின் உடல்நலம் குறித்து மருத்துவரிடம் கேட்டறிந்தனர் - Admin pic.twitter.com/dk4GzoYzUK— KalaignarKarunanidhi (@kalaignar89) July 29, 2018
"Doctors said he (Karunanidhi) is stable": Venkaiah Naidu tweets
Venkaiah Naidu tweeted from his official handle regarding his visit to see Karunanidhi in the hospital and wished him a speedy recovery. Naidu also met Stalin and party chief's other family members.
Visited Kaveri Hospital met former Cheif Minister Thiru Kalaigmar Karunanidhi. Met his family members and doctors and enquired about his health. Doctors said he is stable. Wish him a speedy recovery. @kalaignar89 pic.twitter.com/1iMqHa0XZQ— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) July 29, 2018
Vaiko visits Karunanidhi
According to a Puthiya Thalamurai tweet, MDMK Founder and Senior Tamil Nadu leader Vaiko visited Karunanidhi in Kauvery hospital. Vaiko, earlier has said that his party would work closely with DMK and that the DMK patriarch had 'nurtured' Vaiko into politics.
TMC leader Derek O'Brien visits DMK Chief in Kauvery hospital
According to a ANI tweet, TMC leader Derek O'Brien visited Karunanidhi at Kauvery hospital. "I came here on behalf of TMC and Mamata Banerjee. I met MK Stalin and Kanimozhi and inquired about his health," he said.
TMC leader Derek O'Brien visits DMK chief M Karunanidhi at Kauvery Hospital in Chennai, says, " I came here on behalf of TMC and Mamata Banerjee. I meet MK Stalin and Kanimozhi and inquired about his health." pic.twitter.com/29xZiityAj— ANI (@ANI) July 29, 2018
Karunanidhi is good: Senior BJP leader La Ganesan
Senior BJP leader La Ganesan said that Karunanidhi (health) is good and is hoping to recover soon.
DMK supporters gather outside Kauvery hospital waiting for some news regarding party chief's health
Venkaiah Naidu arrives in Chennai to meet Karunanidhi
Indian Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu to inquire about Karunanidhi's health. Naidu was welcomed by Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Paneerselvam and Governor Banwarilal Purohit, according to PuthiyaThalamurai tweet
#JUSTIN கருணாநிதியின் உடல்நிலை குறித்து விசாரிக்க சென்னை வந்தார் துணை குடியரசு தலைவர் வெங்கையா நாயுடு— PuthiyathalaimuraiTV (@PTTVOnlineNews) July 29, 2018
விமான நிலையத்தில் வெங்கையாவுக்கு ஆளுநர் பன்வாரிலால், துணை முதல்வர் ஓபிஎஸ் வரவேற்பு #Karunanidhi #VenkaiahNaidu
Shatrughan Sinha tweets speedy recovery for Karunanidhi
BJP leader and Former Lok Sabha Shatrughan Sinha tweeted out for a speedy recovery of Karunanidhi
The legendary leader & Lion of Indian politics, the fighter - the fight is on, the fight for life. Hope wish & pray that @kalaignar89 #Karunanidhi comes out hale and hearty. Prayers for early recovery, I wish good health n a long life to DMK patriarch #KarunanidhiHealth.1>2— Shatrughan Sinha (@ShatruganSinha) July 28, 2018
Venkaiah Naidu to meet Karunanidhi today
Here's everything that happened today:
After reports emerged that Karunanidhi has been hospitalised, a huge crowd of DMK supporters have camped outside the Kauvery hospital praying for his health and shouting party slogans. There is increased deployment of police at the hospital as well. Read full report here.
Kerala CM wishes Karunanidhi speedy recovery
Earlier in the day, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wished a speedy recovery to the former CM. "CM Pinarayi Vijayan wished a quick recovery to former Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK leader M Karunanidhi who is currently undergoing treatment in a hospital in Chennai," the chief minister's office tweeted.
CM Pinarayi Vijayan wished a quick recovery to former Tamil Nadu chief minister and DMK leader M Karunanidhi who is currently undergoing treatment in a hospital in Chennai.— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) July 28, 2018
Kauvery Hospital issues fresh medical bulletin
Karunanidhi's health condition continues to remain stable: Kauvery Hospital
In a fresh medical bulletin released later in the day, the hospital said, "DMK President and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Kalignar Dr M Karunanidhi's health condition continues to remain stable with ongoing active medical support. He is continuously being monitored and treated by the panel of expert doctors in the Intensive Care Unit."
For the past two years, the DMK president has not been making any public appearance owing to his ill health, but he still holds the top post in the Dravidian party.
A few days ago, the DMK chief underwent a procedure to change his tracheostomy tube to help him in breathing. Karunanidhi, who is addressed as 'Kalaignar' (artiste) by his supporters, followers and some politicians, entered his 50th year as party chief on Friday.
Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam leader TTV Dhinakaran visits Karunanidhi at the hospital on Saturday. (PTI)
DMK supporters raise a placard outside the hospital where Karunanidhi is being treated for fever due to urinary tract infection, in Chennai, on Saturday. (PTI)
DMK General Secretary K Anbazhagan with senior leaders visit DMK chief M Karunanidhi at the hospital on Saturday. (PTI)
'Long live Thalaivar'
After receiving the news about Karunanidhi being admitted to hospital, party cadre from various parts of the state poured in there chanting "long live Thalaivar" (leader).
State Health Minister C Vijayabaskar too wished the DMK supremo a speedy recovery. Actors including Prabhu and Nasser also paid a visit to the hospital.
Yashwant Sinha recalls meeting with Karunanidhi
Former finance minister Yashwant Sinha also wished the former Tamil Nadu a speedy recovery. "Wish speedy recovery to Sri Karunanidhi. Fondly recall my meeting with him recently," he tweeted.
Wish speedy recovery to Sri Karunanidhi. Fondly recall my meeting with him recently.— Yashwant Sinha (@YashwantSinha) July 28, 2018
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad addresses the media after a meet with DMK chief M Karunanidhi on Saturday. (PTI)
CM Palaniswami assures support
Chief Minister K Palaniswami told reporters in Salem that the Tamil Nadu government is ready to provide all possible medical assistance to the ailing DMK patriarch.
Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman meets MK Stalin in Kauvery hospital
In Pictures: TN Governor Banwarilal Purohit meets M K Stalin
Tamil Nadu governor visits Karunanidhi in hospital, meets Stalin, Kanimozhi
A Tamil wekly editor tells ANI, 'our writing is that he (Karunanidhi) is on life support'
Editor of tamil weekly Thuglaq told ANI,
DMK Party Chief and former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi has been away from politics ever since he was diagonised with a drug-induced allergy in October 2016. Making only formal appearances once in a while, the DMK patriarch's health has been in news for a while.