Inside Track: Quelling rumours on Jayalalithaa

In view of the mounting rumours, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked Governor Vidyasagar Rao to meet the Chief Minister in hospital.

Written by Coomi Kapoor | Updated: October 10, 2016 8:14 pm
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha, J Jayalalitha health, J Jayalalitha health latest news, J Jayalalitha respiratory congestion, J Jayalalitha news, Tamil NAdu News, Latest news Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration.

The DMK has been active in fuelling the rumour mill with reports about Jayalalithaa’s health. The uncertainty which has gripped the state has been compounded by Sasikala, Jayalalithaa’s trusted aide, not permitting Apollo Hospital to give out specific details of the Chief Minister’s ailment. In view of the mounting rumours, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked Governor Vidyasagar Rao to meet the Chief Minister in hospital. After Rao’s visit and statement, many in Chennai were somewhat reassured.

WATCH VIDEO: Apollo Hospital Says Jayalalithaa On Necessary Respiratory Support

 

Post-Uri attack, sudden silence

Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj is a regular on Twitter, sometimes sending out as many as 20 tweets a day, responding to various requests for help from NRIs. But since September 18, the day of the Uri attack, Swaraj has tweeted sparingly. Some speculate that this is because Swaraj was piqued at not being called for the meeting of key ministers to discuss the government’s policy in the wake of the terror attack. A shift in the policy towards Pakistan was a key issue to be discussed.

Narayanan’s clout continues

He may have retired as director, Intelligence Bureau, way back in 1992, but M K Narayanan still has an enormous hold over the organisation. Although he was closely associated with the Manmohan Singh government, having worked under Singh as NSA and later being appointed as the West Bengal governor, Narayanan was selected to deliver the keynote address at the IB’s centenary celebrations on September 24. What was even more surprising was that the lecture was named after A C M Nambiar, a little-known IB official who retired as joint director in the sixties. Nambiar was singled out for the honour reportedly because he was related to Narayanan.

From Punjab, a strange letterhead

In Punjab, subtlety, it seems, is not appreciated. Which explains this unusual letterhead. The letter proclaims on the top right: S Inderjit Singh Sidhu, ‘Real Brother-in-Law of Parkash Singh Badal, Chief Minister of Punjab’. Leaving no one in doubt where Sidhu’s clout stems from.

Police to rescue in Divided Cong House

In Madhya Pradesh, the Congress is so badly divided that on Gandhi Jayanti, three factions of the party pitched as many tents at the grounds where Mahatma Gandhi’s statue is located in Bhopal. One camp supports Jyotiraditya Scindia, the other Kamal Nath and the third Digvijaya Singh. Local police had to be called in to separate the feuding groups which had gathered to pay homage to the apostle of non-violence. Incidentally, with no scope of an active role in the central leadership at present, Scindia is keen to join state politics. He has been touring the state in the hope of establishing himself as the prospective Congress chief ministerial candidate in the same way that Sachin Pilot has emerged as the CM contender in neighbouring Rajasthan. The hurdle is Madhya Pradesh Congress president Arun Yadav, also young like Scindia and who comes from a Congress family and is not ready to step aside in a hurry.

Before Metro, a forgotten initiator

The Delhi Metro has renamed some of its stations but why has no one thought of renaming Khan Market metro station after the late Congress chief executive councillor Jag Pravesh Chandra? The grand old man of Delhi is a legend who first pushed the idea of a rapid transport system for the Capital, long before anyone else ever seriously thought of it. Chandra wrote two booklets on the subject and raised the issue frequently in the Delhi Metropolitan Council, even though the idea was greeted with mirth. (It was BJP chief minister Madan Lal Khurana who years later gave the metro project in-principle approval.) Chandra came to Delhi as a refugee and was allotted a three-room accommodation in Khan Market. He never moved from his humble quarters and lived a life of Gandhian simplicity despite the powerful positions he held. Since Khan Market is named after Frontier Gandhi, it is only fitting that the metro station is named after its most famous resident who conceived the idea in the first place.

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    Chal be
    Oct 9, 2016 at 4:27 am
    We all know what your intentions are with this false propaa..lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;People have already stopped believe on your lies and propaa and you are already exposed..Stop giving journalism a bad name
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      Jitendra
      Oct 9, 2016 at 2:25 pm
      I don't understand why to hide Amma's health report. Being public figure people should know the fact instead of giving opportunity to spread rumours. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Finally she is also human being and will same lifecycle unlike others
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        Jayakumar
        Oct 9, 2016 at 4:20 pm
        It is obvious that she is so sick that her recovery may be doubtful and the party does not want to disclose the same till replacement is ready and Sashikala has decided. The public are not fools.
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          Sha Nawas
          Oct 10, 2016 at 12:33 pm
          Life and Death comes upon on every human being when not expected. None of us knew that we will be born to this parents at this location at that moment. Likewise death is also sure but cant be predicted.
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            Umb
            Oct 9, 2016 at 9:28 am
            Gossip writer.
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              raj
              Oct 9, 2016 at 1:01 pm
              The author should investigate the truth and report, rather than writing a much speculative article, we are keen to know the health of AMMA..
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                Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
                Oct 9, 2016 at 12:50 pm
                Did the governor meet Jayalalithaa or just looked at her, probably through the gl door? Someone who is down with serious chest infection and other complications will not be allowed any visitors unless they are fully sanitized. Jayalalithaa is in hospital with all life support system and it is very unlikely the governor had any discussion with her. When a governor visits a chief minister unless he had some interaction it is a meaningless visit. What one gets to know looking at a body in a hospital bed with all sorts of tubes and wires connected to various machines? Who knows that the aid is stalling time to clear the residence of all valuables?
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                  B Sudheer
                  Oct 9, 2016 at 10:54 am
                  Looks as if you are sitting in your armchair and writing reports without going into the field and collecting facts.
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                    N.PRABHAKARAN.MD
                    Oct 9, 2016 at 2:27 pm
                    Who visit to Aplow hospital can meat directly to Jayalaitha CM ,if you say I will arrange that Executives PGDPR.
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                      Sankaran Krishnan
                      Oct 9, 2016 at 10:56 am
                      The fault is with the TN Govt. for not releasing the health conditions of the CM who rules the State and why they should allow the rumour mongers to spread across the message through social media instead of stopping it at once by releasing the details. It seems other than Sasikala the Jayalalithaa's aide none was allowed to visit her at the Hospital bed and the reports say they those whoever visits at the Hospitals, met either Team of Doctor's attending on her or the State Ministers who are camping at the Hospital and thus allowing more rumours to spread across the State to speculate about her !!!
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                        kum
                        Oct 9, 2016 at 7:05 pm
                        Stop calling an ex commercial s ex worker amma.
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                          S. Kumar
                          Oct 9, 2016 at 2:14 am
                          The de facto foreign minister is Narendra Modi. A consequence of Swaraj's hobnobbing with the Advani camp. Even so, she has been a much better performer than Jaitley. Both Jaitley and Swaraj are part of the rootless Delhi crowd but Swaraj is more preferable than Jaitley.
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                            nagireddy
                            Oct 9, 2016 at 9:38 am
                            We all know what your intentions are with this false propaa.. You guys gmdont have shame to call yourselves as journalists? Shame! Gov. met jaya or saw her or issued statement based on talking to Doctors.It looks more like
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                              Mohan Jathan
                              Oct 10, 2016 at 3:45 am
                              This is what happens when people worship you. If you are worshipped do what you want, it cause no harm to you the public is your feed. If you are respected then you tend to give it back. Alas in many parts of the country we worship so called leaders rather than respect
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                                Mohan Damodaran
                                Oct 9, 2016 at 7:28 am
                                But it is still not clear if the Gov. met jaya or saw her or issued statement based on talking to Doctors.It looks more like an oligarchic tradition behind iron curtain than seen in a democracy. Totally unacceptable.
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                                  Ramesh
                                  Oct 9, 2016 at 1:49 am
                                  Khan Market was not named after Frontier hi but Dr Khan Saheb another Congress Leader. Khan Abdul Jabbar Khan was the elder brother of Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan and Khan Market was named after him only in 1951 even though Dr Khan Saheb was by then stan politics
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                                    Raj
                                    Oct 9, 2016 at 4:16 pm
                                    News should be based on facts, not what you think about Sushma. Media has become more stupid and personal, count your limited days.
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                                      xyz
                                      Oct 9, 2016 at 1:52 am
                                      Sushma Swaraj has been reduced to a third division clerk with a tweet here and a tweet there.
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                                        selvam
                                        Oct 9, 2016 at 9:53 am
                                        I do not agree with your reporting about Jayalalitha's health. Do you have any proof for alleging DMK in fuelling rumours? Or simply apply logic and base your report?
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                                          selvam
                                          Oct 9, 2016 at 11:33 am
                                          Whatever, we are now getting encouraging news that Jayalalitha is on the path to recovery.
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                                            George
                                            Oct 9, 2016 at 3:07 am
                                            The sidelining of Swaraj is visible. Such a power speaker and efficient administrator! But she is not there anywhere near the centre of Modi's scheme of things.
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