Tamil Nadu Chief Minister JayaLalitha’s life hangs in balance

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December 4, 2016

CHENNAI: The condition of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, continues to be critical.

December 4, 2016

CHENNAI: The condition of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, continues to be critical.

Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, who was away in Mumbai, flew down to Chennai in a special flight and called on Apollo Hospitals where the Chief Minister has been undergoing treatment since September 22. The Governor, who reached the hospital around 12.10 am, was briefed by the team of doctors attending to the Chief Minister and left for Raj Bhavan within ten minutes. Though it was expected that the Governor may speak to the media, there was no interaction.

Thousands of AIADMK workers, including large number of women, have poured into Chennai from all parts of Tamil Nadu hearing about the setback in the 68-year-old Chief Minister's health. Though the Apollo Hospitals Chief Operating Officer Dr S Viwanathan had issued a release stating that Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, there was no further communication from the hospital.

"The Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, who is undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospitals, suffered a cardiac arrest this evening. She is being treated and monitored by a team of experts, including cardiologists, pulmonologists and the critical care specialists," the release signed by Dr Viswanathan had said.

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A heavy pose of policemen were deployed in front of the Apollo Hospitals and elsewhere in Chennai to face any kind of law and order situation. All Ministers in the Jayalalithaa Cabinet and top Government officials had assembled in the hospital since evening when the news about Jayalalithaa suffering a cardiac arrest was flashed across TV screens.

Barricades have been set up in the vicinity of the hospital and police presence could be seen in arterial roads near the hospital. 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," said an AIADMK cadre.

Some of the women held photographs of Jayalalithaa and raised slogans "Amma vaazhga, Puratchi thalaivi vaazhga!! (Long live Amma, Long live revolutionary leader)."

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.

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Home Minister Rajnath Singh also spoke to Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao and enquired about the health of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

During the 10-minute telephonic conversation, Rao briefed Singh about the health condition of the Chief Minister and conveyed that doctors attending to her were taking all necessary steps.

Nine companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) of CRPF have been put on stand-by to be immediately airlifted from various places in the country to Tamil Nadu, if needed, senior CRPF officials said.

A RAF company comprises around 100 personnel.

He told the Home Minister that he was rushing to Chennai to personally monitor the situation in Tamil Nadu arising out of the sudden deterioration in the health of Jayalalithaa, official sources said.

Meanwhile, President Pranab Mukherjee, DMK leader M Karunanidhi, Union Ministers, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and various Chief Ministers tonight expressed concern over Tamil Nadu Chief Minister

Jayalalithaa's health condition and wished her speedy recovery.

"Distressed to hear about CM Jayalalithaa suffering a cardiac arrest, my prayers for her speedy recovery," Mukherjee tweeted after the condition of Jayalalithaa, who has been undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai since September 22, deteriorated in the evening.

Karunanidhi, the arch rival of Jayalalithaa, also wished her a speedy recovery.

Tamil Nadu Opposition leader K Stalin also tweeted: "I desire that the intensive treatment being given to the Chief Minister yields fruit and that she recovers soon."

Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu tweeted, "Feeling bad to know abt da critical condition of TN CM Selvi Jayalalitha. Praying for her speedy recovery and quick response 2 the treatment (sic)."

Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman also tweeted: "Very upsetting news about Hon.CM of Tamil Nadu, Selvi.Jayalalitha suffering a cardiac arrest. Prayers for her speedy recovery."

In his tweet, Rahul Gandhi said: "Praying for Jayalalithaa ji's quick recovery. I hope she gets better very soon."

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, "Very concerned about the health of Jayalalithaa Ji. Like my friends in Tamil Nadu, I am praying for her speedy recovery. May God bless her."

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said "Got to know about Tamil Nadu CM #Jayalalithaa ji's health. Maharashtra prays for her speedy recovery!"

Former Bihar Chief Minister and RJD chief Lalu Prasad said, "Totally worried about the health of #Jayalalithaa Ji. Wishing and Praying for speedy recovery. Let's all pray for her."

Nine companies of Rapid Action Force (RAF) of CRPF have been put on stand-by to be immediately airlifted from various places in the country to Tamil Nadu, if needed, senior CRPF officials said. A RAF company comprises around 100 personnel.

The Central Government will provide all assistance to Tamil Nadu government if any help is required, the sources said.


Courtesy: HT/Pioneer