In yet another positive gesture from the DMK, DMK Chief M Karunanidhi’s wife Rajathi Ammal visited Apollo Hospital on Thursday night to inquire after Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s health. Ammal met Sasikala Natarajan, Jayalalithaa’s close aide, at the hospital around 7.30 pm on Thursday, confirmed sources close to the AIADMK and the DMK. While the office of Karunanidhi refused to confirm the news, party sources said Ammal had been waiting for the green signal to meet Sasikala.
“She suggested the idea when Karunanidhi issued the first statement wishing Jayalalithaa a speedy recovery. Later, when Stalin had visited the hospital on Saturday, Ammal made a second attempt. She insisted that she should go and inquire about Jayalalithaa’s health, as a woman from Karunanidhi’s family,” said a party source. He added that Ammal had spent a few minutes with Sasikala at the hospital. Sasikala and Ammal are no strangers.
A senior AIADMK leader said, it was Karunanidhi who solemnised the wedding of Sasikala and Natarajan who was then the public relations officer of the Tamil Nadu government and enjoyed a close relationship with both Karunanidhi and MGR.
Both of them are devotees of Anjaneyar Temple at Alwarpet in Chennai which is close to CIT Nagar residence of Ammal, where she and daughter Kanimozhi live, and to Poes Garden, the residence of Jayalalithaa where Sasikala has lived for nearly three decades.
“They are known to each other and they exchange greetings and share few words whenever they meet at the temple,” said a party leader.