After DMK chief M Karunanidhi urged the state government to immediately take steps to put an end to rumours surrounding the health status of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa by releasing her photograph from Chennai Apollo Hospital, where she has been hospitalised for a week, the hospital on Friday released a statement that she has responded well to the treatment.
A press release published by the Apollo Hospital further said that the Chief Minister has been advised a few days’ stay in the hospital for recuperative treatment. Her party workers and the public, who were tensed following her admission in the hospital earlier in September 24, can now take a breath of relief following the clarification.
She was admitted to the hospital on September 23rd night following ‘fever and dehydration’, a hospital press release said.
Her party machinery is working hard to quell the rumors spreading. In an attempt to take on this, the AIADMK informed on Twitter that “Puratchi Thalaivi Amma responded well to the treatment, Amma has been advised a few days stay in the hospital for treatment – Apollo Hospital”.
Party spokepersons also said she was fine, refuting Whatsapp messages about her ‘deteriorating’ health as rumours. Also, the Tamil Nadu government has released two press releases regarding Jayalalithaa chairing a meeting to discuss Cauvery issue and the Supreme Court order and an announcement of bonus of Rs476 crore for PSU employees, all these happened to indicate that it is business as usual.
Various prayer meetings have been conducted across temples, churches and mosques in Tamil Nadu for the chief minister. Though many conspiracy theories are spreading across the state citing various possibilities, her party is doing everything possible to make public feel all is well.
The state was in a standstill following her admission and police was in high alert across the state fearing extremely emotional responses from her fans. The state police has issued warning against rumor-mongers on the chief minister’s health. The Tamil Nadu chief minister’s health condition was a matter of curiosity for many months and a website who published an article about her ill health had to suffer a defamation case.
Earlier, former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Karunanidhi wrote on Facebook: “When there was a practice of issuing photographs of such meetings earlier, no such photos of her meeting in the hospital were released so far. Many of her cadres and followers remain upset about her actual health status. Still nobody has taken an effort to release her photo from the hospital.”
He further added that lack of transparency about her health status helps to spread wild rumours among public.
Karunanidhi stated that the government should immediately release the photo of Jayalalithaa from the hospital to put an end to all rumours, adding that there should be a standard procedure that makes the health status of a Chief Minister transparent before public.
He also reminded a similar event in 1984 when there were efforts to release the visuals of MGR (the then Chief Minister) from a hospital abroad after there were similar rumours spread about his health status among public.
Even Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan, who visited Apollo Hospital last da,y seems to have not met her inside, Karunanidhi said. “There were many people like Radhakrishnan who visited the hospital, but no reports of them meeting Jayalalithaa had come later.”
Criticising the authorities for keeping a mystery over Jayalalithaa’s health, 92-yar-old Karunanidhi’s statement reiterated that despite all his ideological differences, he wished to see Jayalalithaa, 68, back in good health to complete her duties as a Chief Minister.