President to visit Karunanidhi; Deve Gowda & Lankan PM enquire about his health

President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Chennai on 5 August to enquire the health condition of ailing DMK supremo M Karunanidhi.

The DMK chief has been undergoing treatment at Kauvery hospital for seven days after his BP went low due to complexities developed after urinary tract infection. However, in a dramatic development, doctors at the Kauvery Hospital made him rest on a chair for 30 minutes on Thursday much to the joy of DMK supporters.

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Thursday spoke to DMK working president M K Stalin over phone and enquired about his father M Karunanidhi’s health.

Also, Janata Dal (Secular) chief H D Deve Gowda visited ailing DMK president M Karunanidhi at a hospital here on Friday and recalled the support of the nonagenarian leader in making him the Prime Minister in 1996.

Two ministers from Sri Lanka, Arumuga Thondaiman and Senthil Thondaiman also visited Kauvery Hospital. The ministers handed a letter from Sri Lanka’s president Sirisena to Stalin in which he had enquired about the health of Karunanidhi and wished him a speedy recovery.

On Sunday night, Kauvery Hospital had issued a medical bulletin on Karunanidhi’s health stating: “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 a panel of doctors.”

Meanwhile, the DMK on Wednesday said that 21 of its party workers have died unable to bear the “shock” of the illness and hospitalisation of party chief M Karunanidhi. The party also appealed to the cadres not to take any extreme step in view of the 94-year-old former chief minister’s health.