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DMK supporters outside Kauvery Hospital
DMK leader and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi's health deteriorated further on Tuesday, with Kauvery Hospital describing his condition as "extremely critical and unstable". "There has been significant decline in the clinical condition of Karunanidhi over the last few hours. Despite maximum medical support, his vital organ functions continue to deteriorate. His condition is extremely critical and unstable," a hospital statement said. Karunanidhi, 94, a five-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, has been warded in the hospital located at Alwarpet in the heart of Chennai since July 28 when his blood pressure dipped all of a sudden.
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Security beefed up outside Kauvery Hospital
Even before the Tuesday evening statement, thousands of DMK supporters, both men and women, began massing outside the hospital, some waving the party's red-and-black flags and photos of one of India's most veteran politicians.
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A woman outside the Kauvery Hospital
A woman outside the Kauvery Hospital where Karunanidhi is admitted, in Chennai, on Aug 7, 2018.