Tamil Nadu rife with rumours of Jayalalithaa's illness
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's absence at the Secretariat and some scheduled events in recent times has sparked rumours that the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief is unwell.
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's absence at the Secretariat and some scheduled events in recent times has sparked rumours that the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam chief is unwell.
Jayalalithaa was at the Secretariat on July 4 when she took oath as a Member of the Legislative Assembly after winning the by-election held for the Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency.
However, her absence at some scheduled events, including the Iftar party hosted by the AIADMK earlier this month, led leaders of some Opposition parties to raise questions about Jayalalithaa’s health.
DMK chief Karunanidhi and Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president EVKS Elangovan have sought to enquire about the health status of the Chief Minister.
"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 told reporters on Monday.
"Hence, I appeal with concern, a medical bulletin on her health status should be released," he said.
"I am worried, since she is the Chief Minister and that is why I appeal that the information be made known," he told PTI.
The CPI has also demanded that the Tamil Nadu government issue a detailed report on the health of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.
"The Tamil Nadu government should issue a detailed report on the health of the Chief Minister as number of rumours are spreading. This will help the public and AIADMK cadres know the real situation about her health," CPI leader D Pandian told reporters.
Earlier, Karunanidhi had said that the Tamil Nadu government should give details related to Jayalalithaa's illness as people would be interested in knowing the same.
His remarks came after Jayalalithaa skipped an Iftar event hosted by her party citing sudden illness.
Her address at the Iftar party was read out by Finance Minister O Pannerselvam, in which she said, "I am unable to come to the Iftar party due to a sudden illness though it is my wish to participate in it (organised by AIADMK) as usual."
(With Agency inputs)