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BJP leader Pon Radhakrishnan: I met the family of Karunanidhi, including Stalin and Kanimozhi. They told me that he is getting better. This morning PM Modi and other senior ministers inquired about his health. PM Modi has huge respect for Karunanidhi. If time permits, PM will definitely come and meet him.
READ | Karunanidhi's Health Improves as His Leadership of DMK Enters 50th Year
Karunanidhi's deteriorating health had triggered panic across Tamil Nadu on Thursday night when several politicians started making a beeline to his residence in Gopalapuram.
For the past two years, the DMK president has not been making any public appearance owing to ill-health, but he still holds the top post in the Dravidian party. Karunanidhi has not been keeping well since October 2016. A few days ago, he underwent a procedure to change his tracheostomy tube to help in breathing.
50 YEARS AS CHIEF | DMK president M Karunanidhi today entered his 50th year as the party chief, with his son M K Stalin describing him as an "unshakeable force". Stalin, the party's working president, took to Twitter to pay tributes to his father, who has been at the party's helm for the last five decades, since the death of its founder and former chief minister CN Annadurai in 1969.
Chandrababu Naidu Wishes Karunanidhi Speedy Recovery | Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu also inquired about the health of DMK president and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu M Karunanidhi. Naidu wished for speedy recovery of Karunanidhi, who is suffering from urinary tract infection.
Karunanidhi's Health Improves | DMK working president and 94-year-old Karunanidhi's son MK Stalin said that there is a progress in former chief minister's health condition. "His fever has gone down and infection has reduced," he said.
He (M Karunanidhi) is recovering steadily as his fever is coming down: DMK Working President MK Stalin pic.twitter.com/X0VB3tCXM3— ANI (@ANI) July 27, 2018
MK Stalin also thanked Communist Party of India Marxist leader Sitaram Yechury and senior CPI leader D Raja for calling up to inquire about Karunanidhi's help. Meanwhile, social activist Traffic K R Ramaswamy also called on DMK chief.
I am thankful to @RahulGandhi, @SitaramYechury & D Raja for calling to enquire about Thalaivar Kalaignar's health. The concern and wishes from everyone will surely aid @kalaignar89's recovery and we hope he will be able to meet everyone soon.— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) July 27, 2018
DMK working president and 94-year-old Karunanidhi's son MK Stalin thanks President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for wishing former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister speedy recovery. "I am extremely grateful for their offers of help," he said, adding that his father is getting the 'best' medical care and treatment.
On behalf of the DMK, I thank @rashtrapatibhvn & @PMOIndia for their enquiries about @kalaignar89's health. I am extremely grateful for their offers of help. Thalaivar is getting the best medical care and treatment. We hope he will recover soon and thank everyone in his own words— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) July 27, 2018
Kerala Governor P Sathasivam also prays for Karunanidhi's speedy recovery.
Deeply anguished at the reported health condition of most respected Kalaignar Dr. M.Karunanidhi. My sincere prayers to God Almighty for his speedy recovery #Kalaignar #MKarunanidhi pic.twitter.com/IcejpeQ0QI— Kerala Governor (@KeralaGovernor) July 27, 2018
Stalin Asks DMK Workers to be Like Karunanidhi | DMK working president MK Stalin tweets to cadre, asks them to follow the footsteps of Karunanidhi who is known to be a fighter and who has overcome several obstacles in his life.
பொதுவாழ்வில் 80 ஆண்டுகள்,— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) July 27, 2018
முரசொலி நிறுவனராக பவளவிழா,
கலைத்துறையில் 70 ஆண்டுகள்,
சட்டமன்றப் பணிகளில் வைர விழா,
கழகத் தலைவராய் பொன்விழா!
சோதனைகளையெல்லாம் சாதனைகளாக்கி அரை நூற்றாண்டு கால அரசியலின் அசைக்க முடியாத சக்தியான அருமைத் தலைவரின் புகழை போற்றிப் பாதுகாப்போம்! #Kalaignar50
எத்தனையோ காட்டாறுகள்,— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) July 27, 2018
எதிர்கொள்ளவே முடியாத நெருக்கடிகள், அதிசயிக்கத்தக்க வெற்றிகள்,
அதல பாதாளத்தில் தள்ளிய தோல்விகள் அத்தனையும் கடந்து,
இணையேதுமில்லா சாதனை புரிந்த தலைவர் @kalaignar89 அவர்களின் வழியில் என்றைக்கும் பயணிப்போம்!#பொன்விழாத்தலைவர்கலைஞர்
Expelled DMK leader M K Alagiri arrives at Gopalapuram to meet his father M. Karunanidhi, who is being treated for fever due to urinary tract infection and being given hospital level treatment at home.
#Chennai: Expelled DMK leader M. K. Alagiri arrives at Gopalapuram to meet his father M. Karunanidhi, who is being treated for fever due to urinary tract infection and being given hospital level treatment at home. pic.twitter.com/SsgGpsZx9v— ANI (@ANI) July 27, 2018
President Ram Nath Kovind also wished for Karunanidhi's recovery.
Spoke to Thiru Karunanidhi’s family members on the phone and inquired about his health. Wishing the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, a veteran of our public life, a quick recovery #PresidentKovind— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 27, 2018
Stalin, Azhagiri With Karunanidhi, Kanimozhi to Arrive Soon | Ailing DMK president M Karunanidhi's son Stalin visited him last night and crowds gathered outside his Gopalapuram residence. Kalaignar's second son Azhagiri has also arrived to meet his father. Karunanidhi’s daughter M Kanimozhi is also flying from Delhi and is expected to reach soon.
Meanwhile, Twitterati wish for Karunanidhi's better health.
The Veteran Politician Thiru. Kalaignar Karunanidhi steps into his 50th year as DMK President. Proved that his age is just a number and the Sun will rise as usual tomorrow too. @kalaignar89 @mkstalin @arivalayam @DMKITwing pic.twitter.com/xg5unYvvdp— Mugil Bharathi (@mugilbharathi) July 27, 2018
BJP Tamil Nadu unit chief Tamilisai Soundararajan Inquires Karunanidhi's Health | About BJP Tamil Nadu unit chief Tamilisai Soundararajan arrives at DMK president M Karunanidhi's residence to inquire about his health. "Praying to God for Kalaignar's speedy recovery," Soundararajan says after visiting Gopalapuram. Vaiko says Stalin told him that "Kalaignar is fine and healthy".
Actor Radha Ravi Says 'Iron Man' Karunanidhi Will Be Back to Serve Tamilians | Local media reported that veteran actor Radha Ravi said that Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president M Karunanidhi is an "iron man" and will soon be back to serve the people of the Tamil Nadu.
திமுக தலைவர் கருணாநிதி விரைவில் குணமடைவார் என மருத்துவர்கள் தெரிவித்துள்ளனர்.— FX16 NEWS (@fx16news) July 27, 2018
கருணாநிதி விரைவில் பூரண நலம் பெற வேண்டும் என இறைவனை வேண்டுகிறேன்
கருணாநிதி இரும்பு மனிதர், அவர் மீண்டும் தமிழ் சேவையாற்ற வருவார்.
: நடிகர் ராதா ரவி #Karunanidhi #RadhaRavi pic.twitter.com/mTlkwBliHL
RECAP on Karunanidhi's 'Popularity' in Tamil Nadu: When Rajinikanth met Kalaignar After Entering Politics | DMK working president MK Stalin had said in January that Tamil Nadu was the cradle of the Dravidian movement, where there was no place for spiritual politics as enunciated by top star Rajinikanth. He made the remark just after the top star called on his father and DMK chief M Karunanidhi at his residence in Chennai, days after announcing his entry into politics. "Let me tell you this is the land of Periyar Anna (Dravidar Kazhagam founder EV Ramasamy Periyar) and Kalaignar (Karunanidhi)... such efforts in the past have ended in a fiasco." Announcing his political debut on December 31 last year, Rajinikanth batted for honesty in politics and good governance. He said "everything needs to be changed" and declared that "spiritual politics" needs to be ushered in, sans shades of any caste or religion with transparency.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweets saying that he spoke to DMK working president M K Stalin and DMK leader Kanimozhi to inquire about Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief Karunanidhi's health and offered them assistance. "I pray for his quick recovery and good health," PM Modi said.
Hari Prabhakaran, an associate of O Panneerselvam who was sacked in May from the AIADMK, posted a picture of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leaders at M Karunanidhi's residence on Thursday. Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said they had come to the DMK president’s house out of political decency. “When Amma (Jayalalithaa) was hospitalised, they (Stalin and other DMK leaders) had visited her,” he added.
Kamal Haasan Arrives at Karunanidhi's Residence to Inquire About His Health | Kamal Haasan, who had received an offer from Mr Karunanidhi to join politics back in 1993, also arrived at Karunanidhi's to inquire about his health. Thirumavalavan of the Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi and former union minister GK Vasan, who broke away from the Congress to revive the Tamil Manila Congress two years ago, also visited the DMK patriarch.
On Thursday evening, Kauvery Hospital issued a press release saying there was a “slight decline” in the health of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M Karunanidhi due to age-related ailments. He is currently being treated for fever due to a urinary tract infection and is being administered antibiotics.
Press release from Kauvery Hospital. pic.twitter.com/iSkc21Alz6— KalaignarKarunanidhi (@kalaignar89) July 26, 2018
Karunanidhi Known For His 'Tireless' Work | Hailing Karunanidhi for his 'tireless' work in steering the party for half a century, he listed the welfare initiatives launched by his father during his five terms as chief minister. Karunanidhi worked "without any respite" all his life, Stalin said, adding that "time has given some rest," a reference to his age-related health issues. The party was confident that "time and medical science," will fulfil the party workers' yearning to hear his 'magnetic' voice again, he said. Karunanidhi has been not keeping well since October 2016 and days ago he had underwent a procedure to change his tracheostomy tube, provided to help breathing. On Wednesday, Stalin had said Karunanidhi was suffering from fever and doctors were providing medication as he assured there was nothing to worry about his health.
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