Jayalalithaa's death was unnatural, says AIADMK leader Pandian

Pandian also demanded a probe against all those present on the night of September 22 at Poes Garden.


Amidst the uproar over AIADMK general secretary, Sasikala Natarajan's swearing in as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, former TN Speaker PH Pandian opposed Sasikala as CM and has alleged that someone had pushed late TN Chief Minister Jayalalithaa at Poes Garden after which she collapsed.

Addressing a Press Conference on Tuesday, Pandian said, "I was silent since September 22 and whatever has happened in the last 2 days I want to break my silence. I came to know Jaya was depressed and she had an argument with someone at Poes Garden and she collapsed after someone pushed her at Poes Garden residence. And I am thinking about all of this and she was taken to hospital to avoid suspicion. No one informed us about the treatment given to her."

He also alleged that she was taken to the hospital to avoid suspicion. Pandian also demanded a probe against all those present on the night of September 22 at Poes Garden.

Stating that he was strongly opposed to Sasikala's elevation, he said, "She doesn't have (the) quality to be AIADMK General Secretary and TN CM. I haven't come out of sadness after Jayalalithaa's demise."

"It's because of blessings of late TN CM Jayalalithaa and MGR that Sasikala Natarajan's swearing-in ceremony didn't take place," PH Pandian said.

Another AIADMK leader, Manoj Pandian at the press conference said that he was told by the late leader that she did not want Sasikala to become Tamil Nadu chief minister. "We were all shocked to see Sasikala's family surround Jayalalithaa's body at Rajaji Hall," said PH Pandian.

In a press conference on Monday, Jayalalithaa's doctors including a London-based specialist Richard Beale, Apollo Hospital and government doctors on Monday ruled out poisoning as the cause of Amma's death and asserted that there was 'no conspiracy' or mystery in either the treatment or what led to her death. "She succumbed to serious infection which led to organ failure," Beale told the media.

"She had septicemia with uncontrolled diabetes as she had blood pressure and sugar, this disease spread rapidly in her body. The best of treatment was given to her in ICU with critical care. In medical science, whatever we could have done we did," said one of the doctors in a press conference arranged by the Tamil Nadu government.

This comes after AIADMK's unanimous decision to make Sasikala the new Chief Minister of the state, while Governor has asked O Panneerselvam to continue as caretaker CM after his resignation on Sunday. Governor is awaiting Supreme Court's decision on Corruption case of Jayalalithaa and Sasikala, which is expected in coming week.