Karunanidhi admitted to hospital with back pain (Lead)

January 26th, 2009 - 12:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, Jan 26 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi was early Monday admitted to the Sri Ramachandra Medical College Hospital here after complaining of severe backache, a spokesperson of the ruling party DMK said.”The chief minister had been experiencing acute pain due to the hardening of muscles - a normal problem encountered due to advancing age. He is, however, feeling better now,” the spokesperson said.

“The chief minister had been advised complete rest a few months ago when he encountered the first indications of the problem. Since it surfaced again today in the form of severe pain, he was rushed to hospital as a matter of precaution,” he added.

According to family sources, Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal as well as MP and grand-nephew Dayanidhi Maran were at the hospital.

Hospital authorities said party leaders have been requested not to disturb the 85-year-old DMK patriarch as “he needs complete rest”.

A state government press statement said Karunanidhi’s engagements have been cancelled till further notice.

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