Karunanidhi health UPDATES: DMK chief's health normalising after setback; son Stalin appeals for peace among party cadres
Ailing DMK chief M Karunanidhi's condition turned critical late Sunday evening following which Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami cut short his tour to Coimbatore and headed for Chennai.
CHENNAI: DMK president M Karunanidhi continued to wage a grim battle for life tonight, with the five-time Tamil Nadu chief minister facing a "transient set back" while undergoing treatment at a hospital here where delirious supporters cried and prayed for the leader.
"It is true that there was a transient set back. But it has been set right due to intensive medical care. Do not believe in rumours. He continues to be treated at the ICU," DMK leader and former Union Minister A Raja told reporters at the hospital premises.
The announcement was greeted with loud cheers by the ardent admirers of Karunanidhi who have gathered in large numbers at the hospital.
Hundreds of policemen are deployed in and around the hospital in upscale Alwarpet.
A steady stream of DMK supporters visited the hospital since morning, but the crowd began swelling since 7:30 p.m. as news spread about the deterioration in his condition.
"There was a transient setback in the clinical condition of DMK president M Karunanidhi. With active medical support his vital signs are normalising. He continues to be closely monitored and treated by the panel of expert doctors," a medical bulletin issued by Kauvery Hospital said at 9:50 p.m.
Karunanidhi was hospitalised in the wee hours yesterday after his blood pressure dropped. He had undergone a procedure at the Kauvery Hospital for replacement of a tracheostomy tube to help him breathe normally.