New Delhi, August 6: The health condition of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) chief M Karunanidhi has declined , Kauvery hospital said in a statement on Monday evening. Issuing a medical bulletin, the hospital said,”There has been a decline in the medical condition of Kalaignar Dr M Karunanidhi. Maintaining his vital organ functions continues to remain a challenge considering his age-related ailments.”

Furthermore it stated,”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.”

Hundreds of DMK workers started marching towards the Kauvery hospital as news of deterioration of Karunanidhi’s health broke out in the evening. Traffic in various parts of the city was paralysed. Outside the hospital, the DMK cadres kept shouting: “Get up and Come.”

DMK General Secretary K. Anbalagan, Karunanidhi’s family members and other leaders rushed to the hospital and had to wade through crowds who were still confident that the leader would fight the odds and come out victorious. Police deployment was also stepped up to keep the situation under control.

Earlier in the day, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President S. Thirunavukkarasar had paid a visit to the hospital. Speaking to ANI, Thirunavukkarasar had said,”I came to the hospital in morning. There was some setback in his health in the morning, after that it is improving. As of now the health condition of Karunanidhi is stable. He is still under doctors’ observation and treatment. I pray to God for his speedy recovery.”

Several high-profile politicians, including Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, and actor-politician Rajinikanth among others, had visited the five-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu at the Kauvery Hospital in Chennai.

Executive Director of the Kauvery Hospital, Aravindaran Selvaraj, in an official statement on July 31, said that an extended period of hospitalisation would be necessary due to age-related overall decline in Karunanidhi’s general health, altered liver functions and haematological parameters.