Political leaders speak to ailing DMK chief Karunanidhi; pray for his recovery

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke to the family members of DMK president and former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi who is keeping unwell for the last few days due to age-related ailments.

Tamil Nadu politicians including deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam and actor-politician Kamal Haasan called on the ailing DMK chief Karunanidhi late on Thursday evening after what doctors described as a “slight decline” in his health.

The nonagenarian leader was put under the supervision of a team of doctors at his Gopalapuram residence yesterday following deterioration in his health. According to a medical bulletin issued by the city-based Kauvery hospital yesterday, there has been a slight decline in his health and he is being treated for fever due to a urinary tract infection. Doctors say that they are continuously monitoring his situation and are expecting him to respond positively to the treatment.

Mr Karunanidhi, who has served as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister five times, has been recovering from a long illness for more than a year and is rarely seen in public. Son, MK Stalin, 65, serves as working president of the party founded by his father’s mentor CN Annadurai, in 1949 and daughter Kanimozhi, a Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament, also looks after party affairs.

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