Chennai: Actor Gautami Tadimalla has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi raising various queries about late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s hospitalisation, treatment, reported recovery and very sudden passing.
In her letter, the southern actress raised several questions, as to why there was a near total blanketing of information regarding Jayalalithaa's health.
In her letter to PM Modi Gautami writes: “Nobody had been allowed access to her and many dignitaries who visited her with deep concern were denied an opportunity to convey their wishes in person. Why this secrecy and isolation of a beloved public leader and the head of the Tamil Nadu government? What/whose authority restricted access to the late Chief Minister? Who were the concerned persons who were making the decisions about Selvi Dr. J Jayalalithaa ji’s treatment and care when her health was apparently in such a delicate state? And who is responsible for these answers to the people? These and many other burning questions are being asked by the people of Tamil Nadu and I echo their voice in bringing them to your ears, sir.has addressed a letter to PM Modi bemoaning the lack of transparency about #Amma's health.”
Jayalalithaa, 68, who died shortly after midnight on Monday following a 74-day battle with illness was laid to rest at the Marina Beach here on Tuesday. She was admitted at Apollo Hospital on September 22.
Urging the Prime Minister to look into the death of the former AIADMK supremo, the actor wrote: “I ask these questions now because it is a primary concern and right of every citizen of India to be aware of and informed about their democratically elected leaders. To be aware of their state of health and ability to perform their duties for the larger good of the people. To be concerned for the wellness and comfort of a beloved leader of the masses. And the fact that a tragedy of such tremendous scale should not go unquestioned and definitely, not unanswered, under any circumstances. If this be the case with a public figure of this magnitude, then what chance does the common citizen of India have when he fights for his personal rights? The confidence of every Indian in the democratic process that makes our nation so great is precious and must be protected against all odds.”
Expecting replies to her queries from the PM, Gautami described him as a leader who is unafraid to stand up for the rights of the common man.
“I am writing to you now, sir, with the complete confidence that you share my anxiety and determination to uphold the rights of every Indian to be aware and informed of any factor that impacts our day to day life. You have proven yourself in many ways to be a leader who is unafraid to stand up for the rights of the common man and I am confident that you will heed the call of your fellow countrymen.”
— Gautami (@gautamitads) December 8, 2016