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‘I have taken a rebirth’: Jayalalithaa says in a signed statement

The two-page letter was released by the party headquarters in the name of the party general secretary and chief minister Jayalalithaa
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday said she had “taken a rebirth”, in her first statement since she was admitted to Chennai’s Apollo Hospital on September 22.

The statement, issued by her party AIADMK from Chennai’s Apollo Hospital where Jayalalithaa has been treated for an acute lung infection, is signed by Jayalalithaa and is addressed to workers of her party and the people of Tamil Nadu.

The two-page letter was released by the party headquarters in the name of the party general secretary and chief minister Jayalalithaa. Asking voters in Thanjavur, Aravakurichi and Tiruparankundram to vote for her party, Jayalalithaa said, “I am awaiting the news of party’s victory in all three constituencies.”

“When I have the love and affection of people, I am happy and will be fully well and begin work soon,” she said.

Regretting the loss of the lives of the cadre who had sacrificed their lives for her health and well-being, she desired that the cadre should work only for the growth of the party. “I express my anguish over the suicides committed by some cadres after my hospitalisation. I need the cadres for the party’s future and growth.”

“Though I could not meet the cadres and voters of the three constituencies, my mind and heart are always with you,” said the chief minister.

Jayalalithaa, 68, was admitted to the hospital on September 22 and her party had initially said she was being treated for fever and dehydration and would be home soon. In subsequent health updates, as her stay in hospital stretched for weeks, doctors said she was suffering from a lung infection and was on respiratory support.

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