Karunanidhi to remain in hospital for two more days

Karunanidhi to remain in hospital for two more days

DMK supporters shout slogans in support of their leader M Karunanidhi, who is being treated for a urinary tract infection, outside Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on Saturday. (AFP)

DMK president and former Tamil Nadu chief minister M Karunanidhi will remain at Kauvery Hospital for two more days.

Karunanidhi (94) was rushed to Kauvery Hospital in the early hours of Saturday from his Gopalapuram residence after there was a drop in his blood pressure.

The DMK chief was receiving treatment at his residence for the past two years and doctors noticed a “slight decline” in his health on Thursday evening.

"His blood pressure has been stabilised and he continues to be treated," a medical bulletin from the hospital said on Saturday.

Karunanidhi's daughter and DMK MP Kanimozhi said her father was responding to treatment and would remain in the hospital for a few days.

DMK spokesperson T K S Elangovan said Karunanidhi would remain in the hospital for a couple of days though his blood pressure is now stabilised. Sources said doctors would continue to monitor Karunanidhi for the next 48 hours.

The five-time Tamil Nadu chief minister is also being treated for urinary tract infection and other age-related illness. Karunanidhi has been confined to his home since October 2016 and moves out only for hospital visits to change his tracheostomy tubes.

A steady stream of visitors continued to visit the hospital on Saturday, prominent among them being Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and rebel AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran.