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Tamil Nadu CM: Karunanidhi’s Health Stable

Supporters gathered outside the Kauvery hospital and despite appeals from party leaders refused to leave

After medical assistance for ailing DMK chief M Karunanidhi, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam met him at a Chennai hospital today. The AIADMK leaders also praised him as a leader of Tamils.

“His condition is stable now. I met his family members as well,” Mr Palaniswami told outside the Kauvery hospital.

The doctors attending to the 95-year-old political giant have maintained that his vital signs are “normalising”. In a late night statement, the hospital said his health was improving and called it a “transient setback”.

A sea of supporters gathered outside the hospital and refused to leave despite appeals from Mr Karunanidhi’s son and DMK’s acting chief MK Stalin to maintain calm. Hundreds of police personnel have been deployed to prevent chaos.

The 95-year-old, who is suffering from urinary tract infection, got a visit today from vice president Venkaiah Naidu. In the photograph with Mr Naidu, he appears to be sleeping.

Trinamool Congress leader Derek O’ Brien also met MK Stalin and daughter Kanimozhi. Actor-politician Kamal Haasan, whom Mr Karunanidhi invited to his party 15 years ago, also visited the DMK chief.

A five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Mr Karunanidhi was recovering from a long illness when he contracted the infection and developed a fever. For more than a year, he has not made any public appearance except occasional visits to his party office. He was admitted in hospital last on July 18 for a change of tracheostomy tube.

04 Jun 2020, 7:52 AM (GMT)

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