An 85-year-old Rathnambal who came all the way from her native village Tirukkuvalai in Nagapattinam district to wish the ailing Dmk Chief Karunanidhi a speedy recovery was spotted outside the Gopalapuram residence of the ailing leader.
DMK Chief Karunanidhi was born in the same village Tirukkuvalai in erstwhile composite Thanjavur district before he made it big in cinema and politics during the 1950s and 60s.
Rathnambal had lost her way to Gopalapuram as she had traveled all alone form her native village with a small cloth bag.
A Good Samaritan who came to her rescue helped her reach Gopalapuram, where she was received with warmth by none other than M.K. Stalin, the working president and son of Karunanidhi.
When Stalin came to know that an old woman from his father’s village was waiting outside, hoping to catch a glimpse of the ailing leader he was visibly moved.
The son at once sent the DMK legislator P. K. Sekhar Babu to fetch Rathnambal and received the old woman with warmth and some much-needed refreshments.
“Thalapathi was moved when the old lady told him she was Kalaignar’s diehard fan, and that he had presided over her marriage in Tirukkuvalai decades ago”, said an eyewitness, requesting anonymity.
He said Stalin gave Rathnambal some money to help her return home, safe and comfortable, and also debuted a party member to put her on the bus at Koyambedu.
“People like Rathnambal have ensured that Kalaignar and the DMK remained a big force in Tamil Nadu through all these years, whatever be the electoral results”, said a DMK MLA.
DMK Chief Karunanidhi had suddenly fallen ill due to fever and urinary tract infection on Thursday evening and was receiving treatment at home before he was rushed to Kauvery hospital on Friday night when his vital parameters fell.
However, the 94-year leader is said to have been out of danger and his condition is stable since his admission to the ICU ward of the hospital.