Veteran leader and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief Muthuvel Karunanidhi passed away today evening (August 7, 2018) after a prolonged illness in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. The DMK chief, who had served as the chief minister of the state for five terms, was admitted to Kauvery Hospital on July 27 after his blood pressure dropped while he suffered from fever due to urinary tract infection.
The veretan leader’s health had declined severely on Monday, after which Kauvery Hospital executive director Dr Aravindan Selvaraj released a medical bulletin on Monday evening saying, “Maintaining his 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 prognosis.”
Executive director Dr Aravindan Selvara at Kauvery Hospital, in his official press release, confirmed the news of the leader’s death.
When we spoke to one of the residents in Chennai, Baidik Sarkar, a chartered accountant by profession, he said, “I’m near Kauvery Hospital. Fortunately the law and order situation is under control. There is a sense of calm on the roads. Even after Jayalalitha’s death, there was no rioting. Fringe elements may take advantage but that’s not the masses taking undue advantage. The roads started emptying out from 3pm. People are generally quite. Tv channels may show some mass hysteria but that may not be representative.”