Updated: December 5, 2016 11:12:44 am
The news of Jayalalithaa’s cardiac arrest came as a big shock for her supporters who thronged the Apollo hospital praying for her speedy recovery. The supporters broke down as they heard about Jayalalithaa’s heart attack. Many women, who gathered near the main gate of the hospital, could be seen praying fervently for the well-being of their “Amma” (mother), as she is fondly known among her supporters. “I only hope to hear a good news about Amma’s health. Right now, we are very tensed. I got the news about her heart attack one hour back and just arrived here,” an AIADMK cadre said.
Some of the women held photographs of Jayalalithaa and raised slogans “Amma vaazhga, Puratchi thalaivi vaazhga!! (Long live Amma, Long live revolutionary leader).”
The chief minister is being treated by a team of experts, including cardiologists. Meanwhile, Home Ministry officials are in constant touch with the officials of Tamil Nadu government and assessing the situation. The sources said that law and order situation in Tamil Nadu was normal so far and adequate central forces were available in the state to assist the state administration.
The central government will provide all assistance to Tamil Nadu government if any help is required, the sources said.
Huge crowd seen outside Apollo hospital in Chennai where CM Jayalalithaa is admitted. TN CM suffered a cardiac arrest this evening pic.twitter.com/1ibjRBN5o3
— ANI (@ANI_news) December 4, 2016
The 68-year-old leader suffered the cardiac arrest hours after AIADMK said that she will return home “soon” as an AIIMS expert team has confirmed that she has completely recovered after over two months of hospitalisation. Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao soon left for Chennai after the news broke.
Jayalalithaa was hospitalised on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration. The hospital, which had been issuing bulletins on her health status, had later said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support, among others.
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