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Rahul Gandhi visits ailing Karunanidhi, says DMK chief recovering well

Chennai: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday called on DMK patriarch Karunanidhi, who is undergoing treatment for lung and throat infection at a private hospital in Chennai, and said the leader was doing well.

"I just met him, I wanted to personally wish him a speedy recovery. I was very happy to see that he is doing well and the doctors told me that he is going to go home pretty soon and that is good news," he told reporters.

Flanked by senior party leaders including Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president Su Thirunavukkarasar and DMK treasurer M K Stalin, he hailed Karuananidhi as a "leader of the Tamil people, leader of Tamil Nadu, so I thought I would come and wish him personally."

 Rahul Gandhi visits ailing Karunanidhi, says DMK chief recovering well

DMK Chief Karunanidhi. PTI

To a query, he said, "Yes I met him (Karunanidhi), I said hello to him and he is doing well hopefully he will be out (of the hospital) soon and Congress president (Sonia Gandhi) has also sent her regards to him."

92-year-old Karunanidhi was admitted to Kauvery Hospital here on the night of 15 December following complaints of difficulty in breathing due to throat and lung infection.

On Friday, he underwent tracheostomy at the hospital to optimise breathing and later the hospital said the DMK chief's condition was stable. After the tracheostomy procedure, his condition improved and he even watched a Rajinikanth starrer 'Batcha' on his laptop.

This is the first visit Rahul Gandhi is paying to Karunanidhi in last many years. Even during his several previous visits to Tamil Nadu, Gandhi did not call on the nonagenarian leader despite Congress and DMK being allies.

Weeks ago, when he had visited Apollo Hospital to enquire about the health of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, there were expectations in the DMK camp that he could pay a visit to party patriarch Karunanidhi as well.

However, he did not visit the DMK chief. Rahul Gandhi was accompanied by senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh during his brief                                                                                                                   visit. After visiting Karunanidhi, Rahul Gandhi immediately took a flight to Delhi from Chennai.

Former Union Minister and Rajya Sabha MP, P Chidambaram, TNCC president Thirunavukkarasar, Congress Legislature Party leader Ramasamy received him at the airport and later, saw him off.

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Updated Date: Dec 17, 2016 21:09:34 IST

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