Amid controversy about the health of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, for not being seen at the Secretariat for 10 days, rumours have been ripe in the media, with her bete noir Subramaniam Swamy hinting that she would be flying soon to the US for treatment.
However, the AIADMK has brushed aside all the rumours as baseless and even slapped a defamation suit against Rediff news portal.
Jayalalithaa, 67, was sworn in on July 4 as an MLA after her record win in a by-election clearing her decision to return as Chief Minister earlier following the Karnataka High Court clearance in an assets-related case.
The AIADMK said since the assembly is not in session, she is not attending it and it should not cause any concern about her presence. The party also ruled out rumours that the chief minister will be flying to the US.
She missed the Iftar party of AIADMK and had sent a message saying, “I am unable to come to the Iftar party due to a sudden illness though it is my wish to participate in it as usual.”
Earlier, Congress leader EVKS Elangovan said, “Her health is a matter of public interest and information about it should be made public.” Elangovan sought a medical bulletin constantly to update her health status.
“There may be political differences, but Jayalalithaa is the Chief Minister for all the people, hence everyone has a right to know about her health status,” Elangovan said and added, “I appeal with concern, a medical bulletin on her health status should be released.”
Even Karunanidhi wanted the Tamil Nadu government to give details related to Jayalalithaa’s illness.