On late Thursday night, DMK President M Karunanidhi was admitted to Kauvery Hospital in Chennai due to throat and lung infection. There was minimum activity outside the hospital on Friday morning, despite social media buzz that the leader was critical.
Scenes outside the Kauvery hospital were in contrast to what played outside Apollo hospital where TN CM Jayalalithaa had been admitted.
While a few party leaders visited the hospital on Friday to enquire about the health of the DMK supremo, the road outside the hospital remained largely filled with media persons.
Most leaders did not speak to the media, only posing for photographs, before entering the hospital.
There were very few party cadres at the hospital gates.
However, traffic on the Luz Church Road, in Mylapore, faced minor inconvenience due to media vehicles that were parked along the street.
While DMK leader and Karunanidhi's son M K Stalin was at the hospital, it was unclear as to who else was present inside.
In a statement on Thursday, the hospital said Karunanidhi was readmitted with breathing difficulty due to throat and lung infection.
"DMK President and former CM of TN, Dr Kalaignar Karunanidhi has been readmitted at Kauvery hospital, today with breathing difficulty due to throat and lung infection. The treatment has been initiated to clear his infection," the statement said.
Karunanidhi's second spell of hospitalisation this month comes after a short interval.
On December 7, Karunanidhi was discharged from the hospital after being admitted on December 1 for optimisation of nutrition and hydration.
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