Decline In Karunanidhi's Health Condition, Says Kauvery Hospital, Next 24 Hours Crucial

Aug 08, 2018, 01:01
Decline In Karunanidhi's Health Condition, Says Kauvery Hospital, Next 24 Hours Crucial

Mr Karunanidhi died at 18:10 local time (12:40 GMT) on Tuesday, the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai said.

Hundreds of supporters gathered outside the hospital, and there were public scenes of mourning after his death was announced. They were confident that their leader, who was popularly known as Kalaignar, would fight all odds and come out victorious but broke into tears when they heard the news of him passing away.

As a controversy erupted over Tamil Nadu government's denial of land at Marina beach for the burial of former Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, the opposition DMK moved the Madras High Court with a plea for an urgent hearing in the matter. The hospital, however, had on 31 July had said an extended period of hospitalisation will be necessary due to age related overall decline in his general health, altered liver function and haematological parameters. Karunanidhi was admitted to the intensive care unit of the hospital on July 28 following a dip in his blood pressure, which stabilised after medical intervention.

On July 26, the hospital said Karunanidhi was suffering from urinary tract infection and he was being treated with intravenous antibotics and fluids.

DMK cadres held impromptu protests and engaged in sloganeering demanding a place for Karunanidhi's burial at the Marina beach. Karunanidhi is considered as the leader who has always been concerned about his party and its people. Many were seen weeping and chanting slogans hailing the leader.

Karunanidhi, a school dropout, became involved in politics at a young age, spearheading the DMK which was allied for many years to the Gandhi dynasty's Congress party. While MGR proved to be his biggest rival, the movie star's successor, J. Jayalalithaa was also a formidable foe.

However the latest statement from the Tamil Nadu Government has denied the request of the DMK leader's family which was also his dying wish. He had four sons, namely M K Muthu, M K Alagiri, M K Stalin, M K Tamilarasu and two daughters, Selvi and Kanimozhi. After Jayalalitha's death and Karunanidhi's demise, there will be a vacuum left in Tamil Nadu politics.