Karunanidhi continues to be under ICU; TN CM visits him

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DMK president M Karunanidhi is stable and continues to be treated at the ICU of a hospital here for the third consecutive day as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam visited the hospital to enquire about the leader’s health.

Palaniswami after visiting Karunanidhi at Kauvery Hospital told reporters that the DMK chief’s health condition is “stable…he is well…a medical team is attending on him… Me and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam along with DMK party working president M K Stalin and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi visited him in person.”

State ministers including Law minister C Ve Shanmugam accompanied the Chief Minister to the hospital.

Last night, a medical bulletin issued by Kauvery Hospital said: “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 is yet to be issued today.

Meanwhile, DMK workers continued to swarm the hospital premises at upscale Alwarpet here despite a plea by police to avoid crowding the area and an appeal from the party leader Stalin to maintain calm and cooperate with police in maintaining law and order.

Police had late last night resorted to a mild baton charge as cadres did not disperse from the area to make way for DMK leaders to leave the hospital.

Karunanidhi was admitted to the hospital in the early hours of Saturday after his blood pressure dropped.

On July 18, he had undergone a procedure at the same hospital for replacement of a tracheostomy tube to help him breathe normally.

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