Political leaders cutting across party lines made a beeline on Friday for the residence of Muthuvel Karunanidhi, the 94-year-old ailing patriarch of the Dravid Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in Chennai, the party’s working chief and his son M.K. Stalin said his father’s condition is improving.
Karunanidhi is being treated for fever. “There is good improvement in his health, the fever and infection are receding,” Stalin told reporters.
President Ram Nath Govind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had enquired about the DMK chief’s health.
The President tweeted: “Spoke to Thiru Karunanidhis 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.”
Modi also wished him a quick recovery. “Spoke to Thiru @mkstalin and Kanimozhi Ji. Enquired about the health of Kalaignar Karunanidhi Ji and offered any assistance required. I pray for his quick recovery and good health. @kalaignar89 (sic),” he tweeted from Johannesburg, where he is attending a summit of BRICS countries.
Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and D. Raja also enquired about Karunanidhi’s health.
Chief Minister K Palaniswami, referring to the visit to Karunanidhi’s residence of his deputy O. Panneerselvam and three Ministers on Thursday night, said “they [DMK] have conveyed that Mr. Karunanidhi is doing better.”