Vastavam web: Thousands of supporters gathered outside Chennai’s Kauvery hospital on Sunday evening as ailing DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s condition took a turn for the worse. n a late night statement, the hospital said his health stabilised. Calling it a “transient setback”, the hospital said Mr Karunanidhi was improving. Close to midnight, Mr Karunanidhi’s son and DMK chief MK Stalin appealed for calm. Assuring the supporters that the Mr Karunanidhi was stable, he asked them to cooperate with the police and not inconvenience the public. But few complied. In a photograph released by his party this morning, the 95-year-old was seen for the first time since his hospitalization on Friday.
A five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Mr Karunanidhi was recovering from a long illness when he contracted the infection and developed a fever. For more than a year, he has not made any public appearance except occasional visits to his party office. After Mr Naidu’s visit, a tweet by the managers of Mr Karunanidhi’s official handle tweeted: “Hon’ble Vice President Venkiah Naidu, Tamilnadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit met and enquired about our leader Kalignar’s health”. Actor-politician Kamal Haasan, whom Mr Karunanidhi invited to his party 15 years ago, also visited the DMK chief.