DMK chief M Karunanidhi “extremely critical, unstable”

Karunanidhi “extremely critical, unstable,” says Kauvery Hospital bulletin

DMK chief M Karunanidhi is “extremely critical” and “unstable”, said a medical bulletin released by Kauvery Hospital in Chennai at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

Earlier, party working president M.K. Stalin met Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami at the latter’s residence in Chennai.  According to sources in the DMK, Mr. Stalin requested a place on the Marina Beach in Chennai for a memorial.

A large number of DMK cadres and supporters have gathered outside the hospital, many of whom have been staying there since Monday evening.

Mr. Karunanidhi’s health suffered a setback on Monday and doctors treating him at the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai had set a 24-hour time frame to determine the prognosis.

Mr. Karunanidhi was admitted to the hospital following a drop in his blood pressure in the early hours of July 28. Since then the five-time Chief Minister’s medical status has gone through ups and downs. After a setback on July 29, he continues to be in hospitali due to age-related ailments, and is under “active medical support”.

Here are the live updates:

5:10 PM

Security tightened at M. Karunanidhi's residence at Gopalapuram in Chennai on Tuesday.

Security tightened at M. Karunanidhi’s residence at Gopalapuram in Chennai on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: K.V. Srinivasan

More police personnel have been deployed outside the residence of DMk chief M. Karunanidhi, at Gopalapuram in Chennai.

4:30 PM

The Kauvery Hospital releases a medical bulletin, saying Mr. Karunanidhi is “extremely critical” and “unstable.”

The has been significant decline in the clinical condition of Mr. Karunanidhi, the bulletin said adding that despite maximum medical support, his vital organ functions continue to deteriorate.

Karunanidhi's health condition is extremely critical, says Kauvery Hospital

The health bulletin released by Kauvery Hospital in Chennai which states that Karunanidhi’s health condition is extremely critical.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

3:30 PM

Television channels show footage of police personnel gathering at the Rajarathinam Stadium in Chennai.

Security around the Kauvery Hospital has also been increased. The main entrance is completely barricaded.

Police personnel deployed near Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on Tuesday.

Police personnel deployed near Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: S.R. Raghunathan

The Tamil Nadu DGP has ordered all police personnel to report to duty. The DGP’s office has sent a fax message to all Commissioners of Police, DIGs and District SPs to direct the strength to report immediately in uniform.

Karunanidhi extremely critical, unstable, says Kauvery Hospital bulletin | Live updates

2:50 PM

Mr. Stalin meets the Chief Minister at the latter’s residence.. According to sources in the DMK, Mr. Stalin requested a place on the Marina Beach in Chennai for a memorial.

Mr. Stalin’s siblings Kanimozhi and Alagiri, senior party leaders T.R. Baalu, Murasoli Selvam and I. Periasamy were present during the meeting.

Incidentally, a public interest plea in the Madras High Court that sought a direction to prevent any construction of memorials on the Marina was withdrawn on Tuesday.

2:30 PM

A private channel’s vehicle is attacked by DMK cadres.

A private television channel's vehicle being attacked by DMK cadres outside Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on Tuesday.

A private television channel’s vehicle being attacked by DMK cadres outside Kauvery Hospital in Chennai on Tuesday.

1:00 PM

Medical bulletins released so far

Karunanidhi extremely critical, unstable, says Kauvery Hospital bulletin | Live updates

The Kauvery Hospital has released five medical bulletins on Mr. Karunanidhi’s health so  far.

The first one on July 28 said the DMK chief has been admitted to the intensive care unit following a “drop in blood pressure.”  The same night, another bulletin was released. It said Mr. Karunanidhi “remains stable with ongoing active medical support.”

The third bulletin was released on July 29. It informed of a “transient setback of the clinical condition” of Mr. Karunanidhi.

The hospital  on July 31 that an extended stay could be necessary for Mr. Karunanidhi “due to age-related overall decline in his general health, altered liver function and haematological parameters.”

The fifth bulletin released on August 6 said: “There has been decline in the medical condition of the DMK president and former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi. Maintaining his vital organ functions continues to remain a challenge considering his age related ailments.

 “He is on continuous monitoring and being treated with active medical support. His response to the medical interventions over the next 24 hours will determine the progress.”

12:50 PM

“We have seen Kalaignar’s bravery all through his life, this time also he will prove. We will continue to pray for his speedy recovery,” tweets actor-turned-politician R. Sarath Kumar. ‘

12:40 PM

“Ezhundhu vaa thalaiva, ezhundhu vaa..” continues to near the hospital. Party workers and Mr. Karunanidhi’s supporters are stationed outside the hospital since Monday night.

11:30 AM

Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy visits the DMK veteran at the hospital. After a brief visit, he leaves. Tamil Manila Congress president G.K. Vasan too pays a short visit.

10.45 A.M

MDMK founder Vaiko arrives at the hospital. Congress leader  E.V.K.S. Elangovan and actor Udhayanidhi Stalin also arrive.

Separate enclosure for women cadre outside Kauvery Hospital where where former TN CM M. Karunanidhi is admitted, Chennai, August 7, 2018

Separate enclosure for women cadre outside Kauvery Hospital where where former TN CM M. Karunanidhi is admitted, Chennai, August 7, 2018   | Photo Credit: Vivek Narayanan

9.35 A.M

M. Karunanidhi’s son and DMK working president M.K Stalin arrives at the hospital. Party cadres gather outside, waving flags.  DMK leader A. Raja also arrives.

8.50 A.M

Mr. Karunanidhi’s daughter Kanimozhi and Mr. A. Raja arrive at the hospital early on Tuesday. Over 1200 armed reserve policemen are on standby. Already, 400 men have been deployed around the hospital.

The scene outside M. Karunanidhi's house at Gopalapuram in Chennai early on Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The scene outside M. Karunanidhi’s house at Gopalapuram in Chennai early on Tuesday, August 7, 2018   | Photo Credit: K.V. Srinivasan

Mylapore Deputy Commissioner NK  Mayilvahanan is at the hospital. Crowd management measures are being put in place. Luz Church Road has been blocked from Nageshwara Rao park towards the Kauvery Hospital. Vehicles are being allowed towards St. Isabel’s hospital.

-AUGUST 07, 2018