M. Karunanidhi
M. Karunanidhi, CM of Tamil Nadu and leader of DMK party speaks during a meeting in Chennai Reuters

Chief of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader M. Karunanidhi gave a health scare in Tamil Nadu o Thursday after he was hospitalised. The southern Indian state was a scene of chaos in the last two months following the mysterious hospitalisation and treatment of the chief minister J Jayalalithaa .

Karunanidhi, the leader of the main opposition party, has been declared stable after he was admitted to a private hospital in Chennai on 1 December. "Karunanidhi [has been] admitted for optimisation of nutrition and hydration. He's stable... [and is being] treated by a team of doctors. He will be in hospital for a few days," a statement from Kauvery Hospital said, as reported by media.

The 93-year-old former chief minister was hospitalised after he developed drug allergy and was confined to his house since October. "The DMK leader is unwell due to a drug-induced allergy. Doctors have advised him rest. Visitors should avoid visiting him and cooperate," said a statement released by DMK. However, a party source is recently quoted by media saying that the doctors are conducting few tests on his and he will be released from the hospital in few days.

The news of Karunanidhi being hospitalised comes amid uncertainty over Jayalalithaa's health. The leader has been hospitalised since 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration. Apollo Hospitals chairman Prathap C Reddy said on 12 November that the chief minister's lung infection was now under control and she was due to be discharged soon.