Stalin visits Apollo Hospital, enquires about Jayalalithaa's health

The former Deputy Chief Minister reportedly visited the hospital on the orders of DMK president M. Karunanidhi

Stalin visits Apollo Hospital, enquires about Jayalalithaa

Keeping the political rivalry aside, DMK treasurer M.K. Stalin visited Apollo Hospital in Chennai on Saturday, amidst hospital statements reveal that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa needs a longer stay at the hospital and is on respiratory support.

Accompanied by party colleagues, including senior leaders Duraimurugan and Ponmudi, the former Deputy Chief Minister reportedly visited the hospital on the orders of DMK president M. Karunanidhi.

Addressing the media after his visit, Stalin said: “We met doctors, Finance Minister O. Panneerselvam, Health Minister Vijayabhaskar and enquired about the Chief Minister's health. We were told that she is recovering well. We wish her speedy recovery.”

The 68-year-old chief minister was admitted to the hospital on September 22 after suffering from fever and dehydration. The latest statement from the Hospital declared she is under constant monitoring by intensivists and consultants.

The statement read as: "The respiratory support is closely watched and adjusted. Lungs decongestion treatment is being continued. All other comprehensive measures including nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy are under way.”

Earlier, DMK sought an interim arrangement to "effectively" handle various issues in the state including the Cauvery row till the time CM returns to duty.

Stalin was quoted as saying in media reports as: "Till the time she comes (back), there should be a acting Chief Minister or a Deputy Chief Minister, which would be taken up by ministers who are next in the hierarchy and take decisions in matters like the Cauvery issue. This is our stand.”

BJP leader Subramanian Swamy earlier urged the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to impose President’s rule in Tamil Nadu, citing administrative disarray in the state due to indefinite hospitalization of the CM.

He asked the Union Minister to impose the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts (AFSPA) in Chennai and southern districts of the state for the period of 6 months until Ms Jayalalithaa is able to attend the office.