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A file photo of DMK president M. Karunanidhi. Photo: Mint
A file photo of DMK president M. Karunanidhi. Photo: Mint

Karunanidhi admitted to hospital after drop in blood pressure

DMK president M. Karunanidhi, who is being treated for fever due to a urinary tract infection, was admitted to Kauvery Hospital in Chennai early Saturdat, the party said

Chennai: DMK president M. Karunanidhi, who is being treated for fever due to a urinary tract infection, was admitted to a private hospital in Chennai early Saturdat, the party said.

Karunanidhi, 94, was admitted in the intensive care unit of Kauvery Hospital at 1:30am.

The hospital in a statement said he was brought there after his blood pressure had dropped. “His blood pressure has been stabilised with medical management and he continues to be monitored and treated by a panel of experts," the hospital added.

Several senior Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leaders, including working president M.K. Stalin and his estranged elder brother M.K. Alagiri were at the hospital. Other frontline leaders such as Duraimurugan, Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi and former Union minister A. Raja were also there.

DMK working president M.K. Staling along with senior leaders and relatives of party president M. Karunanidhi at Gopalapuram Residence in Chennai, on Saturday. Photo: PTI
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DMK working president M.K. Staling along with senior leaders and relatives of party president M. Karunanidhi at Gopalapuram Residence in Chennai, on Saturday. Photo: PTI

Party cadres had assembled near the hospital complex after receiving the news about Karunanidhi being admitted there. They were chanting “long live Thalaivar" (leader).

DMK leaders had visited Karunanidhi at his home in Gopalapuram area before he was taken to the hospital. Among the visitors was Alagiri, who was expelled from the party by the DMK chief in January 2014 after a prolonged struggle for power with Stalin.

DMK supporters wait outside a private hospital, where party’s chief M. Karunanidhi was admitted due to a sudden drop in blood pressure, in Chennai, on Saturday. Photo: PTI
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DMK supporters wait outside a private hospital, where party’s chief M. Karunanidhi was admitted due to a sudden drop in blood pressure, in Chennai, on Saturday. Photo: PTI

Hours before Karunanidhi was moved to the hospital, Stalin had said the former Tamil Nadu chief minister’s health was improving. On Wednesday, he had told people that there was nothing to worry about his father’s health.

Security was tightened at Karunanidhi’s residence as DMK cadres kept pouring in there as well.

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.

Karunanidhi has not been keeping well since October 2016. A few days ago, he underwent a procedure to change his tracheostomy tube.

Karunanidhi, who is addressed as ‘Kalaignar’ (artiste) by his supporters, followers and some politicians, entered his 50th year as party chief yesterday.

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