Thousands of supporters have gathered outside Chennai’s Kauvery hospital as ailing DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s condition is reported to have deteriorated to a critical level. Karunanidhi’s family has reached the hospital and supporters are being moved out by police. Karunanidhi is suffering from urinary tract infection and was admitted on Friday.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami has cut short his visit to Coimbatore and is headed for Chennai. He is expected to arrive at the hospital after midnight. Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram also paid a visit to the DMK chief earlier in the day.
HERE ARE THE LIVE UPDATES ON KARUNANIDHI’S HEALTH
10:30 pm | Karunanidhi will live as long as Tamil lives.
10:15 pm | Understanding that the situation can go out of hand any minute given the number of supporters outside the hospital, the administration has deployed paramilitary forces about one and a half km on Gemini Bridge.
10:10 pm | Elsewhere, Anna Arivalayam, the headquarters of DMK party stands deserted as the entire DMK cadre has gathered outside Kauvery Hospital.
10:05 pm | K Anbazhagan, DMK general secretary and longtime colleague of party president M Karunanidhi arrives at Kauvery hospital in Chennai.
10:00 pm | Kauvery Hospital, where Karunanidhi is admitted, has just released a press release reading: “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.”