When some Tamil channels put out scrolling messages not to believe rumours about Jayalalithaa’s health condition, it has raised more doubts in the minds of people of Tamil Nadu than otherwise. Never did this happen in the past.
Otherwise, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is responding well to the treatment and will be discharged soon, said Apollo Hospital in Chennai, in its short statement, repeated dutifully over the past five days.
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister was admitted on Thursday after suffering from fever and dehydration, but perhaps for the first time she was taken to a hospital, that too a private corporate one for mere fever and dehydration, thus raising several eye-brows.
Dismissing as “baseless” rumours in the social media, it said: “There is no question of taking the Honourable Chief Minister abroad for treatment, as there is no necessity at all for this.” This was to counter the tweets that she would be taken to Singapore.
The very fact that Jayalalithaa was never hospitalised in her entire political career “openly” speaks volumes but daily statements with repetitive verbose are grossly missing the details.
Just a few months ago, Jayalalithaa’s campaigning for assembly elections has reposed faith among the voters that she was able to romp home with a good majority. But it did not last longer in a state where retired administrators and erstwhile BJP advisers are active now.
The state politics have been relegated to back seat owing to Amma’s ill-health and even opposition is watching with a ‘stunned’ silence. But her supporters are solemnly praying for her recovery and return to the Pose Garden. State police have also warned “rumour mongers” not to spread rumours and that action will be taken against them.