Over 3,000 members of the AIADMK on Tuesday joined a yagna (ritual) in Chnnai to pray for Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who has been in hospital for over a month, NDTV reported. The mass prayers were presided over by some 200 priests. The report said the “108 Mrityunjay Yagna” was organized by AIADMK lawmaker R Vetrivel, a Jayalalithaa loyalist.
Quoting sources, the NDTV report said that Tuesday’s ritual cost the two-time legislator Rs. 35 lakh. “We worship her like anything. We want her to come back fully recovered,” Vetrivel was reported as saying by NDTV.
Vetrivel had famously resigned from the state assembly so that Jayalalithaa could contest from his constituency. He subsequently shifted to another constituency.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has been undergoing treatment in Chennai’s Apollo hospital since September 22, ever since she complained of fever and dehydration.
Several leaders, including the leader of opposition MK Stalin Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi have visited the Apollo hospital to meet the ailing leader. Supporters of Jayalalithaa have continuously thronged outside the Apollo hospital to show support for their leader.
Speculations over her health have been running around with AIADMK even using its official Twitter account to urge followers to change their profile pictures to a photo which reads, ”MyCMisFine….NoMoreRumours.”
Ever since her admission into the hospital, Finance Minister O Panneerselvam has taken over her portfolios and has presided over cabinet meetings.