Rajnikanth and Rahul Gandhi visit Karunanidhi; Kauvery Hospital says DMK chief needs to be in the ICU longer

Kauvery Hospital in Chennai, where Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M Karunanidhi is undergoing treatment, on Tuesday issued a statement, saying that the 94-year-old needs extended hospitalisation because of age-related overall deterioration of his health, altered liver functioning and haematological parameters. Karunanidhi has been in the intensive care unit for four days.

On Tuesday evening, actor Rajnikanth visited Karunanidhi in the hospital. Speaking to ANI, Rajnikanth said, "I came to inquire about the country's most senior leader. He was sleeping. I inquired about him from his family members. I pray to the almighty for his speedy recovery."

Earlier in the day, Congress president Rahul Gandhi also paid him a visit. "I met him, he is fine and stable. I am quite happy to see that he is doing well. He is a very tough person like the people of Tamil Nadu. He has the spirit of Tamil Nadu in him," Rahul told reporters after visiting the DMK chief. The Congress president said his mother and predecessor Sonia Gandhi had sent her best wishes and regards to Karunanidhi and his family. The party has a long-standing relationship with DMK chief Karunanidhi, he said, and later tweeted: 

Rahul was accompanied by Tamil Nadu Congress chief Su Thirunavukkarasar and party leader Mukul Wasnik. The Congress president, who landed at the airport from New Delhi in the afternoon, headed straight for Kauvery Hospital in Alwarpet area amid tight security. He was received by DMK working president and Karunanidhi's son MK Stalin and other senior leaders at the hospital.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam had visited the hospital on Monday to inquire about the leader's health. After meeting Karunanidhi, the chief minister had said: "The DMK chief's health is stable. He is well. A medical team is attending to him. I and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam along with DMK party working president Stalin and Rajya Sabha MP Kanimozhi visited him in person."

On 26 July, Kauvery Hospital had said that Karunanidhi was being treated for fever due to a urinary tract infection with intravenous antibiotics and fluids at his home in Chennai. However, after his blood pressure dipped, he was admitted to the ICU.

With inputs from PTI

Updated Date: Jul 31, 2018 21:25:53 IST