DMK Chief M Karunanidhi. (Source: The Quint)

Stalin Says Karunanidhi’s Condition Is Improving

The Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam President, M Karunanidhi’s health is improving, with the fever and infection receding, said party’s working chief and son MK Stalin today. “There is a good improvement in his health,” he told reporters.

President Ram Nath Govind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also enquired about the 94-year-old DMK chief’s health.

Modi also wished him a quick recovery.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and D Raja also enquired about Karunanidhi’s health.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami, referring to the visit of deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam and other ministers last night, said that “they (DMK) have conveyed that Karunanidhi is doing better.”

As anxious cadres, political leaders, film personalities and well-wishers thronged the nonagenarian leader’s Gopalapuram residence, more police personnel and barricades were put up to regulate the crowd.

Stalin’s estranged brother and former union minister M K Alagiri arrived at the residence along with his son Durai Dayanidhi. DMK frontline leaders, including Duraimurugan, were also present.

Party workers began arriving at Karunanidhi’s residence after Kauvery Hospital, which is providing medical treatment for the leader, said in a bulletin last night that there has been a “slight decline” in his health.

MDMK chief Vaiko, Tamil Nadu BJP chief Tamilisai Soundararajan, CPI leader D Pandian and Tamizhaga Vazhvurimai Katchi leader Velmurugan visited the residence and enquired about his health from family members and Stalin.

Several film personalities, including veteran director Bharathiraja, film-makers T Rajendhar and Vetrimaran visited the residence.

Visitors were, however, not allowed to meet the ailing leader. “Such fever after a tracheostomy procedure is usual. Stalin told me that he is fine. I am confident that he will bounce back with the same magnetic voice,” Vaiko told reporters.

Tamil Nadu BJP president Tamilisai Soundararajan said, “Kalaignar should get back to active life and that is my prayer.” Tamilisai is the daughter of veteran Congress leader, Kumari Ananthan, who is also a former Tamil Nadu Pradesh Congress Committee President.

Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan said he prayed for the leader’s recovery.

Several well-wishers took to Twitter and other social media platforms to wish Karunanidhi well.

Stalin took to twitter to express his gratitude towards the President and Prime Minister to enquire about the ailing leader’s well being.

He also thanked Rahul Gandhi, and Left leaders Sitaram Yechury, D Raja for calling up to enquire about Karunanidhi’s health.

Kauvery Hospital said in its a bulletin last night that the “slight decline” in the health of DMK President is due to age-related ailments.

Karunanidhi has been not keeping well since October 2016, and some days ago he had undergone a procedure to change his tracheostomy tube, provided to help in breathing.

Stalin had on Wednesday said Karunanidhi was suffering from fever and doctors were providing medication, as he assured people that there was nothing to worry about the leader's health.