Amid rumours on social media about DMK president Karunanidhi’s health, his daughter Kanimozhi on Tuesday said the veteran Tamil Nadu politician was fine. Rumours about Karunanidhi’s death led to a significant spike in online searches for the status of his health. The online search volumes for news on Karunanidhi especially spiked in the hours after lunch on Tuesday.
Karunanidhi had been admitted to hospital last month with respiratory difficulties, and had been discharged after undergoing surgery. A number of leaders from across the political spectrum had paid a visit to the hospital during Karunanidhi’s stay.
Uncharacteristically for Tamil Nadu politics, senior members of the AIADMK too had called on the hospital. This was an unusual climbdown after decades of bitter animosity between Karunanidhi and AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa. The vitriol between the two parties has been toned down by both sides after Jayalalithaa’s death in December 2016.
The 93-year-old DMK leader has not been in good health since last year. The DMK president was admitted to a hospital last month with respiratory difficulties, and was discharged after undergoing surgery.
Karunanidhi has made few public appearances over the past year due to his health. The 93-year-old leader remains the president of the DMK, but his son and heir apparent MK Stalin took over as acting president.