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Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa is “very well” and will return home soon: AIADMK

By Dr. Abdul Ruff

Almost a month after she was admitted to Apollo hospital in Chennai, there is good news for Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa supporters. CM Jayalalithaa is progressing and 'interacting', says hospital. Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on September 22. AIADMK initially said that she had fever and suffered from dehydration.

CM Jayalalithaa has shown signs of improvement though she continues to be on health support system. The Apollo hospital of Chennai, where Jayalalithaa is undergoing treatment for almost a month, has said in a press release that the CM is "interacting and progressing gradually". Later, doctors at the Apollo hospital confirmed that the Tamil Nadu CM was being treated for multiple complications including lung infection.

The latest medical bulletin said, "The chief minister continues to be under treatment and observation for all vital parameters, respiratory support and passive physiotherapy." It further added, "The chief minister is interacting and progressing gradually." Some reports even suggested that Jayalalithaa was taken off sedation completely as she was able to sit up. The reports also indicated that once the tracheostomy tube is removed, Jayalalithaa would be able to communicate verbally.

The latest medical bulletin said, "The chief minister continues to be under treatment and observation for all vital parameters, respiratory support and passive physiotherapy."
It further added, "The chief minister is interacting and progressing gradually."

Some reports even suggested that Jayalalithaa was taken off sedation completely as she was able to sit up. The reports also indicated that once the tracheostomy tube is removed, Jayalalithaa would be able to communicate verbally.

The AIADMK on October 26 confirmed that the party supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, hospitalized since last month, is “very well” and will return home soon, even as scores of party workers continue to hold different forms of worships for her speedy recovery. “She is very well. God is by her side. She will come home soon,” party spokesperson C.R. Saraswathy told reporters here. She said the prayers of party supporters bore fruit, and thanked the experts from the AIIMS, New Delhi, and Singapore, among others, who treated the 68 year-old leader.
Ms. Jayalalithaa was admitted to the Apollo Hospitals here on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration. However, later, the hospital said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support, among others. In a bulletin issued on October 21, the hospital said the Chief Minister was interacting and progressing gradually.

Meanwhile, AIADMK supporters in large numbers continued to organize special prayers and events for the wellbeing of the ‘Amma’, as she is affectionately called by them, across the State. This included a six-hour musical prayer in Tirunelveli. Around 20,000 people carried the traditional ‘palkudam’ (milk pot) over a 10 km stretch praying for Ms. Jayalalithaa’s speedy recovery, at Viralimalai in Puthukottai district. In Tirunelveli, ‘thavil’ and ‘nagaswara’ musicians played their instruments non-stop for six hours, praying for the good health of the AIADMK supremo. Special yagnams and homams (havans), including ’Sudharsana’ and ‘Dhanvanthiri’ homams seeking divine blessings for her good health and long life were performed in many temples across the State, including in Chennai, Coimbatore and Dharmapuri.

In Erode, school students sat in a row depicting ‘Amma’ in Tamil and held candle prayers for the Chief Minister. An inter-faith prayer was held in Thiruvarur. At Apollo Hospitals itself, a group of members of the traditional Badaga tribe community from Nilgiris district held prayers.

Meanwhile, DMK leader Karunanidhi raises questions over allocation of Jayalalithaa's portfolios to O.Panneerselvam who had earlier occasions assumed CM chair in Jayalalithaa’s absence from the Fort as she was undergoing punishment in jail on corruption cases and on disproportionate assets. Karunanidhi seems a bit skeptical about this 'arrangement' of temporary handing over power to a minister.

The Governor of Tamil Nadu, Vidyasagar Rao, released a statement on October 11 carrying information that the State's Finance Minister, O Panneerselvam has been allocated with subjects that came under the Chief Minister's portfolio using 'clause 3 of Article 166' of the Constitution of India. It also noted that Panneerselvam will head cabinet meetings and take care of portfolios until the return of Jayalalithaa. She will remain as Chief Minister.

The statement also noted that the arrangement has been made as per the advice of the Chief Minister. DMK Leader Karunanidhi, seems a bit skeptical about this 'arrangement' and raised doubts as to what way does Jayalalithaa advise in the matter.

Karunanidhi stated that he believes that this arrangement has been made to make sure that the democratically elected government does not halt for any reason. But then the veteran leader, who is well known for his 'word play' brought forth a set of points not questioning, but raising doubts over the Governor's statements.

Karunanidhi then raised a series of question such as how Jayalalithaa could have advised in allocating to portfolios to Paneerselvam when Apollo administration denied permission to anyone who wished to see her. He further stated that some are raising questions if she sent a note carrying her advice authenticated by her signature.

Karunanidhi then raised concerns about Jayalalithaa's signatory note as Ex-AIADMK Rajya Sabha MP Sasikala Pushpa whose name he did not mention, earlier wrote a letter to the State Governor claiming that people close to Jayalalithaa might forge her signature and the document signed by the Chief Minister should be thoroughly verified. He concluded that it even though it was delayed he would consider the Governor Vidyasagar Rao's move as a way to ease administration but isn't clear on how the governor verified the constitutional rights in such a short period of time.

Meanwhile, after CM J Jayalalithaa it is now her political rival DMK chief M Karunanidhi who is now not keeping well. The DMK party announced today that Karunanidhi has developed allergy due to some medicines he is taking regularly.

Today, according to a press release the DMK party announced that Karunanidhi is not well as he has developed allergy due to some medicines he is taking regularly. The release went on to say that he is taking rest and visitors are requested not to disturb him. The release went on to say that he is taking rest and visitors are requested not to disturb him.

The DMK had yesterday called an all party meeting in the state calling for action in the Cauvery issue. Though the party had moved three resolutions for the case, the information about the party Chief's ill health has left DMK workers worried.

- Asian Tribune -

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