Amid increasing rumours surrounding the health of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) on Friday insisted that its ailing leader was “completely well” and will return home soon.
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Meanwhile, special prayers were performed by Muslims and AIADMK cadres in Chennai for the speedy recovery of the CM, who has been hospitalised in Apollo Hospital since September 22 with a lung ailment.
A veil of secrecy over the extent of the AIADMK supremo’s illness has sparked a wave of rumours. So far, eight people have been arrested in Tamil Nadu for spreading rumours about the health condition of the former actress-turned-politician with the last being a 28-year-old youth for a Facebook post on Jayalalithaa. A total of 43 cases have also been registered for sharing false information on the CM’s health.
The 68-year-old leader had also been kept under the close observation of a specialist from London, besides three-member team of doctors from AIIMS, Delhi. However, the Apollo Hospital has not released any medical bulletins regarding her health in the past few days.
In the absence of Jayalalithaa, who is revered by her followers as “Amma”, Finance Minister O Panneerselvam had chaired Tamil Nadu’s first cabinet meeting on Wednesday with a framed portrait of the CM on his desk.
The governor’s office had allocated all her portfolios to Panneerselvam on October 11 after the hospital clarified that the treatment of Jayalalithaa’s lung ailment would require her to be in hospital for a longer time.
The cabinet meeting was called in after Governor C Vidyasagar Rao prorogued the assembly, clearing the decks for the government to pass an ordinance to appoint special officers to govern local bodies as the terms of councillors and mayors end on October 24.
The meeting at Fort St George, the state secretariat, lasted an hour starting 9.30 am.