Karunanidhi health: Cadres raise chants, refuse to disperse

By Santhosh Mathevan Published on Jul 30, 2018 01:26 PM IST

Chennai: The chant, "Ezhundhu vaa ezhundhu vaa... Udhaya Sooriyanae ezhundhu vaa" (Get up and come, Rising Sun [the DMK symbol] get up and come) rent the air at Alwarpet in Chennai as thousands of DMK cadres converged in front of Kauvery Hospital, worried about the health of their leader M Karunanidhi.

The DMK president continued to show progress in health Monday morning.

DMK cadres started to crowd in front of the hospital again this morning, after dispersing last night following an appeal by party working president M K Stalin.

This morning they were all highly emotional and were raising slogans and chanting his name.

"Without him, women would not have got the right to family assets and properties. Without him, we would not have received assistance for our weddings. He has to come back and serve us for more years to come," said Ranjitha, a cadre from Tiruchi.

The cadres were also holding placards recalling the rule of Karunanidhi as chief minister in the past.

The women cadres cried inconsolably, saying repeatedly, "Ethuvum aagaathu, ethuvum aagaathu... Thalaivarukku ethuvum aagathu."

They were not ready to disperse even after the police personnel asked them to do so. "Enga thalaivara paakkama naanga pogamaatom (We will not leave until we see our leader)," argued a female cadre with the police who are trying to maintain peace in the vicinity and managing the traffic at the busy Alwarpet intersection.

Thirumoorthy, a cadre who has traveled all the way from Virudhunagar, told 'News Today', "We hope fervently that our Thalaivar will return home and continue to serve the people."