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MoS Railway Manoj Sinha injured in a car accident

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Minister of State for Railways and Mos (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Commications Manoj Sinha was reportedly injured in a car accident. According to reports he was taken to Apollo Hospital. It’s believed the accident occurred when he was returning from Gorakhpur. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted: “Shocked to learn about accident to my colleague and friend @manojsinhabjp Wishing him speedy recovery.”More details awaited…

Expelled AIADMK MP moves SC for CBI probe into Jayalalithaa’s death

Sun, 18 Dec 2016-07:00pm , New Delhi , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa has moved the Supreme Court seeking a CBI probe or a judicial investigation by an apex court judge into the death of J Jayalalithaa.In her petition, Pushpa has alleged that Jayalalithaa’s death was “suspicious” as her actual medical condition was not disclosed, no one was allowed to visit her, her funeral photographs showed embalming marks and everything from her hospitalisation to her death “was kept under wraps”. The Rajya Sabha MP has sought directions to the Centre, the Tamil Nadu government and Apollo Hospital, where Jayalalithaa was hospitalised, to disclose details of her health report and treatment in a sealed cover to the apex court.A similar plea was filed this week in the apex court by Tamil Nadu Telugu Yuva Sakthi claiming that doubts have been raised over the circumstances of the AIADMK leader’s death and her medical reports needed to be examined by experts.

AIADMK will unanimously choose new party chief soon: Senior leader C Ponnaiyan

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior AIADMK leader C Ponnaiyan on Saturday said that the party will unanimously choose a new chief for the party. Ponnaiyan told ANI, “Soon the party will decide a new chief to serve the people of Tamil Nadu. I think there will not be any election for this post.”He added, “The party remained united under Amma and will follow same in coming days. We’ll unanimously choose a candidate for the party.”New Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu O Panneerselvam, who assumed office following the demise of J Jayalalithaa, held a Cabinet meeting on Saturday at the State Secretariat. The meeting began at 11.30 am. Panneerselvam is expected to adopt a resolution to accord formal sanction for a suitably impressive memorial for Jayalalithaa. The Chief Minister is yet to formally take his seat in his office at the Secretariat. Panneerselvam took oath as the next Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu after Jayalalithaa breathed her last at 11.30 pm on December 6 at Apollo Hospital in Chennai. The oath-taking ceremony took place at Raj Bhawan.Panneerselvam served as the Leader of Opposition during the DMK government in 2006. He has previously held the portfolio of Finance in every AIADMK government.Meanwhile, several advertisements hailing Sasikala as the successor of Jayalalithaa in the party were reportedly inserted by a section of AIADMK functionaries in Tamil evening newspapers.

Jayalalithaa’s death still a mystery, Tamil actor Gautami writes to Modi

Chennai: Tamil actor Gautami Tadimalla has written a blogpost addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi where she has raised questions about the “secrecy” maintained by the Tamil Nadu government during the treatment of its late chief minister Jayalalithaa.

The 48-year-old star questioned why nobody was allowed access to her when she was admitted in the hospital.

Jayalalithaa died on 5 December at the age of 68 following cardiac arrest. She was admitted to Apollo Hospital on 22 September, here after she complained of fever and dehydration.

“Her demise is all the more tragic and unsettling because of the circumstances over the past few months and the sheer volume of unanswered questions about our late Chief Minister’s hospitalisation, treatment, reported recovery and very sudden passing.

Tamil Nadu's former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's mortal remains being carried before trating her funeral procession in Chennai on Tuesday. PTITamil Nadu's former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's mortal remains being carried before trating her funeral procession in Chennai on Tuesday. PTI

Tamil Nadu’s former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s mortal remains being carried before trating her funeral procession in Chennai on Tuesday. PTI

“There has been a near total blanketing of information regarding these matters. 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?,” she wrote.

Gautami said she would like to know the people who were taking all the decisions regarding Jayalalithaa’s treatment.

The actor said it’s the right of every Indian citizen to know about their democratically elected leaders.

“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.”

Gautami was recently in news for her separation from live-in partner, actor Kamal Haasan.

First Published On : Dec 9, 2016 15:25 IST

Amma no more: Who performed J Jayalalithaa’s last rites?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister late J Jayalalithaa was laid to rest on Tuesday at Marina beach next to MGR memorial. Her last rites were conducted by her confidante Sasikala Natrajan and an unknown person.According to The News Minute report, that unknown person is real estate businessman in Chennai and the son of Jayalalithaa’s brother Jayakumar.Deepak Jayakumar, Jayalalithaa’s deceased brother’s son, lives a life of relative anonymity.
ALSO READ RIP Amma: This Facebook post about J Jayalaithaa sums up her life perfectly It was earlier speculated that Vivek, the son of Sasikala’s niece Ilavarasi, would have conducted the last rites, but that wasn’t the case. However, there were also reports that Deepak’s sister Deepa Jayakumar and her husband Madhavan were not allowed to visit Jayalalithaa in Apollo Hospital, as Sasikala wanted to keep Deepa away from ‘Amma’.
ALSO READ RIP Amma: Why J Jayalalithaa was buried instead of being cremated According to a Times of India report, the family has been estranged from Jayalalithaa ​ever since 1995. Lakhs of grieving men and women today bid a tearful adieu to J Jayalalithaa, the charismatic Chief Minister who held sway over Tamil Nadu politics for more than three decades with a pro-poor image, as the AIADMK supremo was buried here with full state honours.President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, his counterparts from several states, Governor Vidyasagar Rao, DMK leader M K Stalin and superstar Rajnikanth were among the dignitaries who paid homage at Rajaji Hall where the body of 68-year-old Jayalalithaa lay in state since early morning.
ALSO READ ‘Most men are terrified of me’: Watch J Jayalalithaa’s heart warming interview with Simi Garewal Sasikala Natarajan, the close confidante of Jayalalithaa for over three decades, was beside the body throughout the day and later conducted the religious rituals before the sandalwood casket was lowered at a site close to MGR memorial on the shores of Marina beach.No sooner had the brief rituals concluded at around 6 PM, the casket carrying the mortal remains of the five-time chief minister was lowered after a gun salute amid emotional chants of ‘Amma Vazhga’ (Long Live Amma) by a sea of humanity which had converged at the burial site.Various leaders including Naidu, Rao, Gandhi, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, Paneerselvam, Speaker Dhanapal and former Governor K Rosiah placed wreaths at the feet of the body that was draped in a silk saree in her favourite green colour and a sandalwood garland placed around her neck.Earlier, thousands of people hailing ‘Puratchi Thalaivi Amma’ (Revolutionary Leader Amma) walked with the cortege that was part of a military convoy in which her coffin was carried, wrapped in the national flag and covered with flowers.Amid heavy security cover, the funeral procession made steady progress to the destination, a distance of three km from Rajaji Hall in the government estate, passing through Madras University and the burial site opposite the British-era iconic PWD building.Big photographs of Jayalalithaa, an actor-turned- politician, were placed all around the coffin even as people showered the hearse with flowers, as Sasikala accompanied the body.With the Central government ordering a state funeral, personnel from the three armed forces paid their respects and gave a guard of honour before Sasikala conducted the last rites with the aid of a Brahmin priest.The rituals include sprinkling of water, offering of rice, showering of flower petals and sandalwood pieces.Jayalalithaa, a spinster who never shied away from flaunting her religious identity and beliefs, was surprisingly buried and not cremated. She was laid to rest by the side of her mentor and actor-turned politician M G Ramachandran, a former chief minister.Lakhs of people had packed the area around Rajaji Hall where men and women wept in grief as they attempted to reach the body of their Amma or “mother”.The mortal remains of Jayalalithaa was earlier taken from her Poes Garden residence to Rajaji Hall, hours after she died at a private hospital late last night after battling for life for 75 days.passed away on Monday night in Apollo Hospital, Chennai following a cardiac arrest. Her mortal remains were draped in the national flag and kept in a sandalwood coffin, she was buried on Tuesday with full state honours and was given one gun salute by the army.Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad were prominent people who attended the funeral.(With agency inputs)

RIP Amma: This Facebook post about J Jayalaithaa sums up her life perfectly

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> With Amma’s death, an entire nation came to a standstill. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa passed away on December 5 of cardiac arrest in Apollo Hospital after being hospitalised for 74 days with a lung infection. Her funeral was attended by a host of leaders including Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and President, Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday. “On many occasions I had interactions with her on all subjects concerning development and administration. She had a wonderful mastery over facts and theories,” he said where he paid his last respects to Jayalalithaa.Party men and public broke police cordons to have last glimpse of their beloved leader, throwing security arrangements out of gear. J Jayalalithaa charmed watchers with her acting and dance moves in over 140 films. She served as a Tamil Nadu chief minister for over 14 years from 1991 to 2016. A Facebook post on Amma’s life went viral and has been shared 23,000 times. The Facebook post of Charanya Kannan summarises Amma’s life, and why she will be irreplaceable even decades after her death. She wrote on Facebook: She was only 16 years old when she starred opposite M.G.R in Ayirathil Oruvan. The entire cast & crew would stand up every time the veteran actor walked in, but the Church Park educated, English speaking Jayalalitha sat there with her legs crossed, reading her book. It was this audacity that went on to define the rest of her political career. Obviously, she was a charming, multi-faceted actor who was trained in various dance forms. But not so obviously, she was well read and witty, she was intelligent and she knew it. It was not merely her affair with MGR that drew her to politics, it was her prolific ability to speak in English & Hindi with an intellect that could match an economist. When MGR died, she sat conspicuously at his head for an entire two days, relegating his wife Janaki to a sidelined spot. Janaki’s aids tried to push her away, in fact pinched her, stepped on her feet, but she refused to budge. When she got on to the carriage for the final procession, she was visibly pushed off it in front of all television cameras. This effrontery was what would help her survive all those years of politics that would follow. The entire party split into two after MGR’s death, but four years later united under her leadership to form one formidable opposition. She won against all odds. She was a white skinned Brahmin in a party that thrived due to its Dravidian anti-class rhetoric. She was a glamorous actor who cannot, by definition, be taken seriously. Above all, she was a woman trying to ascend to power in 1980s in Tamilnadu. An unmarried, childless woman. To put it in context, she was not only walking a path of thorns, she did it in an oxygen less chamber while her arms and legs were tied. It’s a feat that she survived at all, not to mention that she actually thrived. In 1989, when she opposed Karunanidhi’s presentation of the budget, she was almost disrobed in the assembly. This was in addition to being the recipient of lewd comments and hair pulling. This is probably the highest documented insult that a woman has ever faced in a state Assembly. Yet she persisted. She came out of that incident more guarded than ever before. She wrapped herself in layers of clothing and stopped wearing any jewelry at all. She succeeded at ‘desexualizing’ herself and branded herself as ‘amma’ (mother), the only known way to gain respect in that highly testosterone filled environment. Everyone knows her as the person who silences opposition and who creates sycophants who fall at her feet and worship her. This was the only possible way she could command, consolidate and hold on to the otherwise elusive power. If she was any more cordial than this, she might have as well been an airhostess. She played popular politics. When the DMK promised laptops, she provided table fans, mixers and grinders instead all branded with her cherubic photograph on it. She accumulated disproportionate assets in 1996, and has faced her share of atonement. However, no one else, not even men, could have been a formidable opposition to the DMK that has systematized corruption and nepotism in ways that she couldn’t. Forget her followers who baselessly immolate themselves or cut off their fingers in a spree of blind devotion towards her. I have spoken to several civil servants of the state who claim they function with lesser interference under her leadership than under the other party. And with four and a half years of her term left, there is no single leader that can fill her void. It will be several years, even decades, before another woman can even remotely achieve what she did in a state like Tamilnadu. Now her statues will come up all over the state, and for once I’m glad. In a few generations, all that will matter is that there is a woman’s statue as well, and that statue is not a mere kannagi who was venerated because she was a perfect wife, but of a woman who was a true and powerful leader of her own merit and her own making.

Watch | Live streaming of J Jayalalithaa’s funeral

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa who breathed her last on December 5 at 11.30 PM in Apollo Hospital, Chennai will be cremated with full state honours at Marina Beach on Tuesday (December 6) at 4:30 PM.The funeral will be attended by the nation’s political top brass and people from all across the nation.​Centre has declared one day state mourning and the national flag on all government buildings will be flown at half-mast. A seven-day state mourning has been declared from Tuesday morning to mourn the death of the beloved six-time Chief Minister and a three-day holiday has also been announced for educational institutions in the state.Jayalalithaa, a popular leader who showered the poor with populist programmes, was battling for life since last 75 days.The 68-year-old leader had suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Sunday evening.
ALSO READ Timeline: A chronicle of J Jayalalithaa’s life(With agency inputs)The live streaming of her funeral can be seen here:
ALSO READ All you need to know about J Jayalalithaa

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Jayalalithaa is dead: O Panneerselvam, Amma’s Man Friday, is new Tamil Nadu CM

Editor’s note: This piece was originally published on 12 October, 2016, when the then Finance Minister of Tamil Nadu O Panneerselvam took over the late Jayalalithaa’s portfolios. This is being updated and republished in light of her death.

On late Monday night, Apollo Hospitals and AIADMK announced the passing away of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Sunday evening. She passed away at 11:30 pm on Monday, after battling for life for 75 days, Apollo Hospitals said in a statement. Two hours after the announcement of her death, in a swift political transition, her loyalist O Panneerselvam was sworn in as Chief Minister at a sombre ceremony at the Raj Bhawan, along with all the ministers in the erstwhile Jayalalithaa Cabinet.

The announcement of 65-year-old O Panneerselvam comes as no surprise for those keenly following Tamil Nadu politics: he is, after all, her permanent understudy.

O Panneerselvam. PTIO Panneerselvam. PTI

O Panneerselvam. PTI

This is the fourth time in his career that the ‘Amma’ loyalist has stepped up for his leader: first, in September 2001, where he was the interim chief minister for six months, when Jayalalithaa was disqualified by the Supreme Court in the Tansi land deal case, second in September 2014, after a Bangalore court sentenced Jayalalithaa to four years in jail and fined Rs 100 crore in a corruption case, and third when Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospital since 22 September, after she complained of fever and dehydration, and continued to remain there. But then she continued to serve as the Chief Minister.

For those in the know, Panneerselvam has been repeatedly chosen as a caretaker of the TN government as he was seen as the “most loyal”, writes The Hindu. But that might have changed, opines The News Minute although he did find a place in the 2016 cabinet. The piece said that the first sign of cracks between Panneerselvam and Jayalalithaa appeared when the former was not included in seat sharing talks and electoral committee meetings — all because of an alleged hashtag (#OPS4CM) that made the rounds on Twitter; AIADMK supporters claimed that it was the work of DMK’s IT wing to start a rift between the two. But soon it looked like the rift was forgiven.

So, who is Panneerselvam?

In her biography of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Amma: Jayalalithaa’s Journey from Movie Star to Political Queen, Vaasanthi writes that Panneerselvam, who belongs to the Thevar community, was a son of a “poor farmer” and a “humble man, known for his modesty”. She writes about the first time that Panneerselvam was asked to step in her shoes.

He and all the ministers who were sworn in afresh fell at Jayalalithaa’s feet and sought her blessings. Amma looked amazingly calm as she accepted their obeisance. For all practical purposes, it was she who was still the chief minister. It was said that Panneerselvam had moved into the compound of Poes Garden and all the files went for her scrutiny before he signed. In the corridors of government offices, they waited for Amma to come back.

Panneerselvam, along with his friend Vijayan, set up a tea stall, PV Canteen (now named Rosie Canteen), in the 1970s, writes Scroll. A decade later, the canteen was handed over to his younger brother and mild-mannered Panneerselvam subsequently entered politics in 1996, reports News18, and became the chairperson of the Periyakulam municipality in Theni district.

After Jayalalithaa was acquitted in the Tansi case in mid December, Vaasanthi writes that “poor Panneerselvam” was the most relieved…

… who, like Bharata waiting for Rama’s return from his exile in the forest, was waiting for Amma’s return. 

Discounting the fact that he was only an interim CM, Panneerselvam, who disclosed his personal assets, revealed that they were worth only Rs 8.6 lakh, taking into account his liabilities, according to a report in The Hindu. It also adds that the Bodi constituency candidate does no own any immovable properties, but that his wife has properties worth over one crore.

Panneerselvam sworn in

A grim-faced Panneerselvam was sworn in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu at around 1.15 am by Governor Ch Vidyasagar
Rao at the Raj Bhavan amidst a scene of gloom. Panneerselvam took oath as CM with a photo of Jayalalithaa in his pocket.

As Chief Minister, Panneerselvam will hold all portfolios held by Jayalalithaa including Home, besides Finance. Panneerselvam retained all members of the Jayalalithaa cabinet

With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Dec 6, 2016 03:36 IST

Tamil icon Jayalalitha dies at 68

Leading Indian politician J Jayalalitha dies aged 68 after a heart attack, hospital officials say.

Jayalalithaa health update: TN CM on ECMO – all you need to know

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Apollo Hospitals said this evening that a team of its doctors and those from AIIMS were continuously monitoring the health of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and denied as “totally baseless and false” reports that she was no more. “Some TV channels are wrongly reporting that the Honourable CM is no more. It is totally baseless and false. They are advised to rectify this mistake based on this press release,” the hospital said in a statement after news channels reported that the AIADMK leader was no more. With the health of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa deteriorating, party MLAs are scheduled to meet later this evening apparently to chalk out the next course of action. Earlier in the day also the AIADMK MLAs had met at Apollo Hospital, where Jayalalithaa is undergoing treatment, and reportedly discussed the leadership issue among other matters.Though party sources did not reveal the agenda of the meeting scheduled in the evening, they, however, confirmed that the legislators would discuss key matters. According to doctors, the condition of Jayalalithaa, who suffered cardiac arrest, is very “grave”. AIADMK has a total of 136 MLAs in the 234-member House, including Jayalalithaa, who represents Dr Radhakrishnan Nagar here.68-year-old Tamil Nadu supremo Jayalalithaa is wired up from head to toe inside the High Dependency Unit of private-run Apollo Hospital in Chennai. After she is said to have suffered a cardiac arrest on December 4 evening, she was transferred on Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) machine.Dr Richard Beale, Intensivist at London Bridge Hospital who had been monitoring her condition said in a written statement, “She had been doing well. Inspite of the progress she was making, her underlying health conditions inevitably meant that the risk of further problems always remained. She is now on extra corporeal life support.”Outcomes of patients on ECMO are poor, said Dr Ramakant Panda, Cardiac Surgeon who had operated on Ex-Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2009. “Even if a person recovers it may take weeks, we cannot expect a miraculous overnight change in the patient’s condition.”ECMO explained A sudden cardiac arrest can occur due to multiple reasons, say doctors. “Her lungs had already been compromised, as a result the heart may have weakened. It could be a result or an infection. It could also have been a result of electrolyte imbalance, which leads the levels of Potassium to peak in the body causing an arrest,” said a senior Cardiologist requesting anonymity. In an ECMO procedure, huge cuts are made in the groin area and two thick pipe-like tubes are inserted inside to flush out and pump recycled blood back inside. ECMO machine consists of a pump which mimics the heart and lungs.An endo-tracheal tube is attached along with the ventilator to aid breathing. Leads are attached on chest to monitor heart rate. A line is inserted inside the arm to check on blood pressure. Patient is also put on dialysis and special leads are attached on the head to monitor brain functioning.When the pumping of heart is compromised, organs like kidney, liver and brain may suffer damage and fail. ECMO takes over the heart and lung function, giving them time to heal.“One must understand that ECMO is a support system and not a treatment modality. The machine takes blood out of the body, oxygenates it and returns it back to the body.As ECMO takes on the burden of performing the functions of heart and lungs, it gives temporary rest to the wounded organs to recover. At times patients, even old ones do get revived on ECMO,” said Dr Sandeep Dewan, head of department, Critical Care at Fortis Memorial Research Institute.Doctors said that even when the heart completely collapses, but the patient is put on ECMO within a few minutes, there are chances of revival of the heart over a few days. While in US and Europe, where technologies have advanced of all patients put on ECMO, upto 56% of them bounce back, in India, the survival rates hover between close to 40%.The entire procedure of wiring a patient up for ECMO and fixing the circuit costs upto Rs 3.5 lakhs. Additionally, each day that a patient is on ECMO costs Rs 10,000. It is the last resort for a patient when ventilator support and drugs fail. Dr Dewan has treated 25 patients on ECMO in the past one and a half year of which ten have survived.Jaya illness timeline: September 22 – Jayalalithaa hospitalized and it is maintained that she is recoveringOctober 2 – Dr Richard Beale is flown in from London to advise on her respiratory distress due to infection in lungsOctober 6 – A team from All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi is flown inOctober 7 – It is announced that she is on respiratory support, on nebulisation and antibioticsOctober 21 – It is noted that she is sitting up and is recovering wellNovember 19 – She is shifted to a private room and is said to be responding well without ventilator supportDecember 4 – Earlier in afternoon, AIIMS doctors say she is good to go home, but later in evening suffers cardiac arrestDecember 5 – She is put on ECMO life support, after having tried cardio-pulmonary resuscitation for close to 40 minutes.

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Jayalalithaa’s health status LIVE: Panneerselvam likely to be named successor

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Chennai: Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa was on Monday said to be critical after she suffered a cardiac arrest in the hospital where she was admitted over two months ago.

Apollo Hospitals, in a tweet late on Sunday night, said doctors were closely monitoring Jayalalithaa’s condition and trying their “very best”.

Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, Sangita Reddy tweeted:

68-year-old Jayalalithaa is “critical”, she said in an earlier tweet, adding that the AIADMK chief was on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device and being treated by a team of expert doctors and critical care specialists.

Security has been beefed up across the state with the Tamil Nadu DGP ordering all police officers and personnel to report for duty by 7 am for deployment.

Jayalalithaa, who has been undergoing treatment at the hospital since 22 September, suffered a cardiac arrest late on Sunday evening.

File image of J Jayalalithaa. PTI

File image of J Jayalalithaa. PTI

“She is being treated and monitored by a team of experts, including cardiologists, pulmonologist and critical care specialists,” chief operating officer and head of transformation of Apollo Hospital Dr Subbaiah Viswanathan said in the statement yesterday.

Dr Richard Beale from London has also been consulted and concurred with line of treatment by our cardiologists and pulmonologists, the hospital said.

Soon after the Apollo Hospitals statement came, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Tamil Nadu governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and enquired about Jayalalithaa’s health.

Rao, who is also Governor of Maharashtra, rushed to Chennai from Mumbai and went to the hospital.

Ministers and top police officials also rushed to the hospital and held informal consultations on the situation. Heavy deployment of police was made at the hospital on Greams Road where thousands of supporters of ‘Amma‘ (mother), as she is fondly called by her supporters, and AIADMK cadre had gathered on hearing the news.

In a communication to ADGPs of Enforcement, CB-CID, Economic Offences Wing and Crime wings, the Director General of Police’s office asked them to “mobilise all the officers in the rank of SPs and police personnel of other ranks of Enforcement, CBCID, EOW and Crime completely and they should report” to SPs and Commissioners of Police at 7 am.

“They should report in full uniform with their vehicles for law and order bandobust duty until further orders,” it said.

Jayalalithaa was hospitalised on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration. The hospital, which had been issuing bulletins on her health status, had later said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support, among others.

To read the liveblog in Hindi, click here.

With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 16:30 IST

Jayalalithaa’s health: US Consulate sends out ’emergency message’ for American citizens

Chennai: With Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said to be critical, the US Consulate in Chennai on Monday issued an “emergency message” for American citizens, asking them to review their personal security plans and remain aware of the local events.

“US citizens are reminded that even gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations,” the Consulate said in a message on its official website without any reference to any particular development.

“Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security,” the message said.

Further, the Consulate General will operate with reduced staffing on Monday, it announced, adding, it has “temporarily suspended appointments for routine services to US citizens and visa applicants.”

“Applicants will be informed by email. The Consulate will provide updates when routine services are restored,” it added.

Jayalalithaa, hospitalised since 22 September, suffered a cardiac arrest last evening, prompting scores of party workers to throng Apollo Hospital where she has been admitted.

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 16:00 IST

AIADMK MLAs summoned to Apollo hospital to decide on successor, Panneerselvam front runner

AIADMK MLAs summoned to Apollo hospital to decide on successor, Panneerselvam front runner

Chennai: AIADMK legislators gathered at the Apollo Hospitals here amid speculation that the party was looking at a successor to Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

“We have been asked to wait till further information,” an AIADMK lawmaker who did not want to be identified by name told IANS from the hospital.

The legislators have assembled inside a hall in the Apollo complex.

The hospital said on Monday that Jayalalithaa, who suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, was in very critical condition and was on life support system.

Meanwhile, CNN-News18 has reported that MLAs have been asked to sign a declaration supporting TN Finance Minister O Panneerselvam as Jayalalithaa’s successor. India Today too echoed the same reporting that senior AIADMK leaders at the hospital.

With inputs from IANS

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 15:32 IST

Jayalalithaa’s health: It’s time AIADMK takes charge and gets the state back on track

If you truly love her, then do the right thing by her.

The world looking at Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s fight for life in Chennai’s Apollo Hospital may be bemused to see the mass hysteria.

It is very difficult to explain her pervading presence in the lives of the people of Tamil Nadu and the cult-like affection and adoration for her to people who cannot fathom the extent and depth of the vigil.

They talk of such mass hysteria when John F Kennedy was shot, when Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated and when Indira Gandhi was gunned down.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. File photo. PTI

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. File photo. PTI

Those were all victims of violence and hence the outpouring of grief to the tragedy.

In Jayalalithaa’s case, it is an ongoing medical situation and the quantum leap to the fear that things are not getting better is tragic in every sense of the word and only underscores the AIADMK leader’s overwhelming influence and the almost demigod like status bestowed upon her.

It is for this reason that in the 75 days that she has been unwell, even governance has taken a back seat and no one has dared to be a pretender to the throne. The Cabinet meetings were conducted with her photograph in front of her empty chair and even her closest confidante Sasikala wouldn’t dare to presume.

These circumstances have been compounded by the deafening silence from the state government about her health and the bulletins from the hospital. The cloak of secrecy has allowed for rumours, for speculation and uncertainty that goes against the democratic grain.

People have a right to know their elected leader’s state of health, especially one held in such esteem. The concept of secrecy and the hush hush veil that was thrown on the medical condition is something that can be questioned and should be questioned. For the whole state, Cabinet to be camped at the hospital is not a sign of loyalty. Loyalty would be better served if, for the past two months and more, they had gone about their tasks with more diligence.

Jayalalithaa is an icon of the people and earned this sobriquet over for decades of selfless service and caring for her people. It is a moot point if her frontline had maintained that nexus instead of leaving itself vulnerable to being indicted for dereliction of duty.

In these circumstances, the Centre seems to have acted decisively and the presence of enough police and paramilitary forces in position to ensure that no untoward incidents occur is commendable.

We can all hope that a fighter like her keeps the solitary reaper at bay and cheats him once again. But it will be a long road to recovery and the gap has to be bridged by lesser mortals maybe, but whether collectively or otherwise, the party has to grasp the nettle and should honour her by getting the state back on track.

That the Centre has ended its own 75-day distancing of the political impasse by dispatching the governor back to Chennai to oversee any fallout is indicative that it has finally taken cognisance of the situation.

One would imagine that a lady of grace and dignity and possessing a certain sense of elan and generosity would be appalled that people, especially her team, are simply not doing their job. By that token, she would not want her city or her state to be bruised or its populace intimidated by a wave of emotion.

Even as her supporters and strangers pray for her recovery, the time has come to find a replacement, rally round and bring an end to political instability.

This peculiar belief that Jayalalithaa would be annoyed that there was a surrogate in her place is so wrong. She would be proud that her chariot of fire is moving up and onwards.

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 14:31 IST

Jayalalithaa’s health: A timeline of events since hospitalisation over two months ago

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa was on Monday said to be critical after she suffered a cardiac arrest in the hospital where she was admitted over two months ago. Apollo Hospitals, in a tweet late on Sunday night, said doctors were closely monitoring Jayalalithaa’s condition and trying their “very best”.

Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, Sangita Reddy has said that the AIADMK chief was on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device and being treated by a team of expert doctors and critical care specialists. Dr Subbaiah Viswanathan had indicated that the  team of experts included cardiologists, pulmonologist and critical care specialists.”

File photo of Jayalalithaa. AFP

File photo of Jayalalithaa. AFP

A large number of AIADMK cadres, including women, anxiously stayed put outside the hospital, which has been covered in a thick blanket of security. Worried party supporters continued to pray for her recovery.

While an IANS report claimed that normal life was not affected in Tamil Nadu, security has been beefed up across the state with the Tamil Nadu DGP ordering all police officers and personnel to report for duty by 7 am for deployment.

Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan, who arrived at the airport in Chennai on Monday morning, said all BJP leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, wished for a complete recovery of Jayalalithaa and they were praying for her. He expressed confidence that Jayalalithaa will soon recover and resume official duties.

Here is a timeline of events that have taken place ever since Jayalalithaa was admitted in the Apollo hospital in September.

22 September

Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospital for fever and dehydration. The hospital then shortly issued a statement saying she was under observation and that she had “no fever now” and was subsisting on a “normal diet.”

24 September

AIADMK party members dismissed reports that Jayalalithaa will be flown to Singapore for further treatment. On reports in a section of media, including on social media, that Jayalalithaa will be flown to Singapore for further treatment, party Spokesperson CR Saraswathi said, “It is false information. She is not going anywhere…someone is spreading wrong news. She will soon return home.” Apollo Hospitals said that Jayalalithaa would be discharged from the hospital in a few days and would resume normal official duties soon.

Meanwhile, actor Rajinikanth, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, DMK leaders M Karunanidhi and MK Stalin and Chief Ministers of Karnataka and Puducherry, Siddaramaiah and V Narayanasamy respectively, were among those who had wished her speedy recovery.

30 September

Meanwhile, DMK chief M Karunanidhi wished Jayalalithaa a speedy recovery, but urged the government to “put an end to the rumours.” He suggested that photographs of the Chief Minister may be released through the media to quell any kind of rumours being circulated about her health. Quoting from a section of the media, he said when AIADMK founder and former chief minister late MG Ramachandran was hospitalised in 1984, regular briefings on his status were made by then health minister HV Hande.

The DMK requested Governor Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao to take “due steps” in dispelling rumours even as the police filed a case against an “unknown person” for allegedly circulating rumours about the AIADMK supremo’s condition. The case was filed under various sections of the IPC, including those dealing with “public mischief” and “promoting enmity between classes.”

1 October

AIADMK members continued to assert that Jayalalithaa was healthy, even as a doctor from the UK, Dr Richard John Beal, an experienced investigator in the fields of sepsis, ARDS, haemodynamics, critical care nutrition and ICU informatics, was reportedly flown in to examine her. Party members even said that had announced the candidates for the upcoming civic polls while in the hospital.

A senior leader and spokesperson ‘Panruty’ S Ramachandran, also insisted that Jayalalithaa would “return home soon”.On DMK chief M Karunanidhi seeking an explanation over Jayalalithaa’s health, Ramachandran said “he has no right” to demand so.

2 October

AIADMK dismissed demands to release photographs of hospitalised party supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to quell rumours about her health, saying the hospital was regularly releasing bulletins about her condition. “Even if we do so, he will say it has been photo shopped. He is making such comments just to criticise us,” said CR Saraswathi. While Apollo Hospitals initially said Jayalalithaa was cured of fever, it then said she was being treated for infection and put her on respiratory support.

4 October

The Apollo hospital said in a press release, Jayalalithaa’s health condition “continues to improve” and the same line of treatment, including antibiotics and other clinical measures, is being continued. Chief Operating Officer of Apollo hospitals Subbiah Viswanathan said in a press release that “the same line of treatment is being continued. The honourable CM is under close observation by the team of doctors”. Meanwhile, the Madras High Court directed Tamil Nadu’s Additional Advocate General to get instructions from the government on her health, after social activist Traffic Ramaswamy filed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking the real status of Jayalalithaa’s health. The court also observed that people were anxious to know about the Chief Minister’s health.

6 October

Reports claimed that a three-member doctors team from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) consisting of pulmonologist GC Khilnani, cardiologist Nitish Naik and anaesthetist Anjan Trikha were to examine Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the hospital.

According to Apollo Hospitals, the treatment plan followed was based on detailed discussions with Beale. The treatment plan included appropriate antibiotics, respiratory support and other allied clinical measures presently being continued to treat the infection. In the meanwhile, the Madras High Court dismissed the PIL filed by activist Traffic Ramaswamy, as the one filed for seeking publicity.

7 October

Rahul Gandhi visited Apollo Hospital, becoming the first national leader to visit Jayalalithaa. BJP MP Subramanian Swamy urged Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to impose President’s Rule in the state following her prolonged hospitalisation.

8 October

In a statement issued in Chennai, Apollo Hospitals said the chief minister is under constant monitoring by intensivists and consultants in the panel, announcing that she was being treated for lung decongestion, and that all other comprehensive measures including nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy were underway.

AIADMK continued to maintain its stand that there is no legal necessity for a substitute chief minister. DMK leader MK Stalin was not able to meet the CM on his visit to the hospital, but the doctors and state ministers like Finance Minister O Panneerselvam and others briefed him about her health.

9 October

Main Opposition party DMK demanded either a “Chief Minister incharge or a new Chief Minister,” to streamline governance. However, the demand failed to find support even from the key ally of DMK, the Congress.

10 October

According to a report by The Financial Express, AIADMK launched a Twitter campaign titled ‘My CM is fine’ to counter spreading of rumours regarding Jayalalithaa’s health.

11 October

Police registered 43 cases and arrested two persons in connection with posting of “malicious and false content” on social media about Jayalalithaa’s health, undergoing treatment at a hospital. Special teams, constituted to investigate such cases, were working to identify those who had posted the content on social media, such “offences are liable to be punished with rigorous imprisonment for more than seven years,” police officials said. Meanwhile, doctors indicated that she was not yet fit to resume her duties following which the Tamil Nadu governor allocated the portfolios held by Jayalalithaa to Finance Minister O Panneerselvam, even as she continued to be CM.

12 October

BJP President Amit Shah and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley visited the Apollo Hospital to enquire about the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s health. And Opposition leaders questioned how the ailing Jayalalithaa told the Governor to allocate her portfolios to Finance Minister O Panneerselvam.

13 October

Aiims experts and UK doctor Richard Beale visited Apollo Hospital to examine Jayalalithaa again.

18 October

Apollo Hospitals did not release an update on the chief minister’s health for the eightht consecutive day.

19 October

O Pannerselvam presided over a Cabinet meeting in Chennai for the first time after the Governor allocated portfolios of ailing Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to him.

21 October

The Apollo Hospital declared Jayalalithaa’s health was showing gradual progress, stating that the Chief Minister “is interacting (with people) and progressing gradually”, according to a medical bulletin, the first issued after a 11-day gap.

27 October

AIADMK claimed that the doctors at Apollo Hospitals have said that Jayalalithaa is on the road to full recovery and have even decided on her discharge date. However, the hospital continued to remain silent for the sixth day since its last update on 21 October.

29 October

Jayalalithaa reportedly affixed her left thumb impression on the poll documents submitted by a AIADMK candidate as her right hand was inflamed following a tracheostomy. It was attested by a government doctor — P Balaji, Professor of Minimal Access Surgery in Madras Medical College. Dr Babu K Abraham, working in Apollo Hospitals, signed as a witness.

4 November

A senior AIADMK member said that Jayalalithaa would be soon moved out of the critical care unit to a private room, stating that the lung infection was under control and that she had passed the critical stage. Apollo hospitals announced that she had recovered fully. “She is very satisfied. She is completely recovered and understands what is going around her,” Pratap C Reddy, Chairman of Apollo Hospitals Group, said. He added that it was up to Jayalalithaa to decide when to return home.

7 November

AIADMK said that Jayalalithaa may be discharged from Apollo Hospitals in less than 15 days, adding that all her vital parameters were under control and she was even being given physiotherapy exercises. A senior of the party said that she was now able to sit when the respiratory systems were removed. She was also taking semi-solid food. Meanwhile, Madras HC dimissed a PIL challenging the earlier affixing of her thumb impression on election documents.

12 November

Apollo Hospitals said that Jayalalithaa’s infection is fully under control and she needs recuperation.

13 November

In her first direct communication since her hospitalisation, Jayalalithaa said she had taken rebirth because of people’s prayers and urged them to vote for AIADMK in the 19 November polls, in a statement released to AIADMK in Chennai.

18 November

Apollo Hospitals Chairman Pratap C Reddy said that Jayalalithaa is fine and is in the ICU in order to protect her from fresh infection. He said Jayalalithaa is breathing and sleeping well, and is on ventilator only for 15 minutes in a day.

19 November

Jayalalithaa was shifted to a special room from the Intensive Care Unit in the Apollo Hospitals according to a senior AIADMK leader.

25 November

Chairman Pratap C Reddy said that Jayalalithaa is returning to normalcy and all her vital organs are functioning well. The Hospital told media that she was shifted out of Intensive Care Unit as there were no health complications.

4 December

Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest, hours after AIADMK members said she would be returning home soon and a team from AIIMS confirmed that she has completely recovered after two months of hospitalisation.

5 December

Centre dispatched a team of specialists from AIIMS to look into her treatment. Contrary to the Union Health Minister, JP Nadda ‘s satetements that she is out of danger, the hospital in a press release said that Jayalalithaa continues to be critical and is on ECMO and other life support systems, besides being treated and closely monitored by a team of experts.

With inputs from agencies

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 13:55 IST

Jayalalithaa’s health: Don’t know whether there’ll be another miracle, says Subramanian Swamy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expressing disquiet over Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s medical condition, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy on Monday said that he is pinning his hope for another miracle.Swamy told ANI, “She was recovering in a miraculous way but then 74 days in hospital. As a consequence, the heart will be put to great deal of strain, and so, just as she was about to be discharged the heart gave out. So, it has to revive, and now, she is on support systems and top experts are coming in. We don’t know whether there will be another miracle or not, the Apollo Hospital is going to make a formal statement. So, we will know the exact position at 12 o’clock today.”In the afternoon, Apollo hospital issued a statement saying,Swamy said that Jayalalithaa was able to fill the gap of Marudur Gopalan Ramachandran (MGR) and she had many other qualities. “She was far more intelligent, she had much more education, self education. Jayalalitha used to read books, facts and share a tremendous memory. So she became bigger then MGR in one sense, but more feared. MGR was generally loved never feared,” he added.”Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is a party without stature there AIADMK have been ministers from a long time. They don’t have anybody of stature whom they would accept as a leader. So, therefore, I am afraid BJP might not be able to take advantage of it. AIADMK guys will not do chaos because they are in grief, the other parties, particularly Naxalites , LTT, ISIS…They would like to create this kind of chaos. So our centre has been preparing for this situation from a long time, almost 75 days to be exact,” Swamy said.Jayalalithaa is in a critical state after suffering a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening at the Apollo Hospital here, where she has been admitted since September 22.

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Chennai: Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa was on Monday said to be critical after she suffered a cardiac arrest in the hospital where she was admitted over two months ago.

Apollo Hospitals, in a tweet late on Sunday night, said doctors were closely monitoring Jayalalithaa’s condition and trying their “very best”.

Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, Sangita Reddy tweeted:

68-year-old Jayalalithaa is “critical”, she said in an earlier tweet, adding that the AIADMK chief was on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device and being treated by a team of expert doctors and critical care specialists.

Security has been beefed up across the state with the Tamil Nadu DGP ordering all police officers and personnel to report for duty by 7 am for deployment.

Jayalalithaa, who has been undergoing treatment at the hospital since 22 September, suffered a cardiac arrest late on Sunday evening.

File image of J Jayalalithaa. PTI

File image of J Jayalalithaa. PTI

“She is being treated and monitored by a team of experts, including cardiologists, pulmonologist and critical care specialists,” chief operating officer and head of transformation of Apollo Hospital Dr Subbaiah Viswanathan said in the statement yesterday.

Dr Richard Beale from London has also been consulted and concurred with line of treatment by our cardiologists and pulmonologists, the hospital said.

Soon after the Apollo Hospitals statement came, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Tamil Nadu governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and enquired about Jayalalithaa’s health.

Rao, who is also Governor of Maharashtra, rushed to Chennai from Mumbai and went to the hospital.

Ministers and top police officials also rushed to the hospital and held informal consultations on the situation. Heavy deployment of police was made at the hospital on Greams Road where thousands of supporters of ‘Amma‘ (mother), as she is fondly called by her supporters, and AIADMK cadre had gathered on hearing the news.

In a communication to ADGPs of Enforcement, CB-CID, Economic Offences Wing and Crime wings, the Director General of Police’s office asked them to “mobilise all the officers in the rank of SPs and police personnel of other ranks of Enforcement, CBCID, EOW and Crime completely and they should report” to SPs and Commissioners of Police at 7 am.

“They should report in full uniform with their vehicles for law and order bandobust duty until further orders,” it said.

Jayalalithaa was hospitalised on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration. The hospital, which had been issuing bulletins on her health status, had later said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support, among others.

With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 11:20 IST

‘We pray that she regains her health’: Centre dispatches team of AIIMS specialists for Jayalalithaa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Centre on Monday dispatched a team of specialists from the All India Institute of Medical Science to Apollo Hospital in Chennai where Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is undergoing treatment after suffering cardiac arrest on Sunday evening.Four specialists from AIIMS will soon be reaching Apollo Hospital, Health Minister J P Nadda said here.”We are in constant touch with Apollo and Tamil Nadu Government. They had requested a team of doctors from AIIMS. We have sent a team of specialists from AIIMS Dr Khilani, Dr Trikha, Dr Narang and Dr Talwar. We hope that doctors from AIIMS and Apollo will be able to help in her recovery. We pray to God that she regains her health,” Nadda said.The team of AIIMS doctors inlcude pulmonologist Dr GC Khilnani, anaesthetist Dr Anjan Trikha, cardiac surgeon Dr Sachin Talwar and cardiologist Dr Rajiv Narang.Jayalalithaa has been critical after she suffered a cardiac arrest in Apollo Hospital on Sunday where she was admitted over two months ago.Apollo Hospitals, in a tweet late last night, had said doctors were closely monitoring Jayalalithaa’s condition and trying their “very best”.”Our doctors are closely monitoring Hon’ble CM’s condition and they are trying their very best,” Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, tweeted.68-year-old Jayalalithaa is “critical”, she said in an earlier tweet, adding that AIADMK chief was on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device and being treated by a team of expert doctors and critical care specialists.

Jayalalithaa’s health: Centre dispatches team of Aiims specialists to Apollo Hospital

New Delhi: Centre on Monday dispatched a team of specialists from the All India Institute of Medical Science (Aiims) to Apollo Hospital in Chennai where Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is undergoing treatment after suffering cardiac arrest last evening.

Four specialists from Aiims will soon be reaching Apollo Hospital, Health Minister JP Nadda said here.

File image of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. PTIFile image of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. PTI

File image of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. PTI

“We are in constant touch with Apollo and Tamil Nadu Government. They had requested a team of doctors from AIIMS. We have sent a team of specialists from Aiims Dr Khilani, Dr Trikha, Dr Narang and Dr Talwar. We hope that doctors from AIIMS and Apollo will be able to help in her recovery. We pray to God that she regains her health,” Nadda said.

The team of AIIMS doctors include pulmonologist Dr GC Khilnani, anesthetist Dr Anjan Trikha, cardiac surgeon Dr Sachin Talwar and cardiologist Dr Rajiv Narang.

Jayalalithaa has been critical after she suffered a cardiac arrest in Apollo Hospital on Sunday where she was admitted over two months ago.

Apollo Hospitals, in a tweet late Sunday night, had said doctors were closely monitoring Jayalalithaa’s condition and trying their “very best”.

“Our doctors are closely monitoring Hon’ble CM’s condition and they are trying their very best,” Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, tweeted.

68-year-old Jayalalithaa is “critical”, she said in an earlier tweet, adding that AIADMK chief was on extracorporeal membrane heart assist device and being treated by a team of expert doctors and critical care specialists.

With inputs from PTI

First Published On : Dec 5, 2016 11:15 IST

Twitter prays for Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa after she suffers cardiac arrest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who is undergoing treatment at a hospital here, today suffered a cardiac arrest and is being treated by a team of experts, including cardiologists, Apollo Hospitals said. “The honourable 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, pulmonologist and critical care specialists,” Chief Operating Officer and head of transformation of Apollo Hospital Dr Subbaiah Viswanathan said in a statement.The 68-year-old leader suffered the cardiac arrest hours after AIADMK said that Jayalalithaa will return home “soon” as an AIIMS expert team has confirmed that she has completely recovered after over two months of hospitalisation. Jayalalithaa was hospitalised on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration. The hospital, which had been issuing bulletins on her health status, had later said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support, among others. Apollo Hospitals Chairman Dr C Prathap Reddy had recently said Jayalalithaa was in good health and was speaking using a valve attached to the tracheostomy tube. Whole body physiotherapy was being done, he had said, adding that she was normally recuperating after being in bed for several weeks and would herself decide when to go home.

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa suffers sudden cardiac arrest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The condition of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who is hospitalised here since September 22, deteriorated as she suffered cardiac arrest.”The honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, who is undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospitals, suffered a cardiac arrest this evening,” said a statement tonight by Apollo Hospital where she is admitted.”She is being treated and monitored by a team of experts, including cardiologists, pulmonologist and critical care specialists,” Chief Operating Officer and head of transformation of Apollo Hospital Dr Subbaiah Viswanathan said in the statement.News about the 68-year-old leader suffering the cardiac arrest came hours after her party AIADMK said she will return home “soon” as an AIIMS expert team had confirmed that she has completely recovered after over two months of hospitalisation.Soon after the Apollo statement came, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao and enquired about Jayalalithaa’s health.Rao, who is the Governor of Maharashtra and holding the additional charge of Tamil Nadu, told Singh that he was rushing to Chennai from Mumbai where he was to attend a Navy Day event today.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.He told the Home Minister that he was reaching Chennai to personally monitor the situation in Tamil Nadu arising out of the sudden deterioration in the health of Jayalalithaa, official sources said.Earlier in the day, AIADMK spokesperson C Ponnaiyan told reporters, “The AIIMS doctors visited the hospital yesterday and after examining her (Jayalalithaa’s) health, they shared the good news with us that Amma (as Jayalalithaa is fondly called by AIADMK cadre, meaning mother) has completely recovered.”Ponnaiyan said the Chief Minister was doing physical exercises, undergoing physiotherapy, and was having food on her own besides advising officers on issues related to government and party activities.Jayalalithaa was hospitalised on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration. The hospital, which had been issuing bulletins on her health status, had later said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support, among others.Apollo Hospitals Chairman Dr C Prathap Reddy had recently said Jayalalithaa was in good health and was speaking using a valve attached to the tracheostomy tube.Whole body physiotherapy was being done, he had said, adding that she was normally recuperating after being in bed for several weeks and would herself decide when to go home.Meanwhile, Home Ministry officials are in constant touchwith the officials of Tamil Nadu government and assessing the situation.The official sources in Delhi 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.The central government will provide all assistance to Tamil Nadu government if any help is required, the sources said.

Jayalalithaa’s health: Aiims team confirms Tamil Nadu CM has completely recovered, says AIADMK

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa will return home “soon” as an Aiims expert team has confirmed that she has completely recovered after over two months of hospitalisation, ruling AIADMK said on Sunday.

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa. File photo. AFP

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa. File photo. AFP

“The Aiims doctors visited the hospital on Saturday and after examining her (Jayalalithaa’s) health, they shared the good news with us that Amma (as Jayalalithaa is fondly) has completely recovered,” party spokesperson C Ponnaiyan told reporters.

The team, comprising G Khilnani, professor, department of pulmonology medicine, Anjan Trikha, professor of anaesthesiology and critical care and Nitish Nayak, professor, department of cardiology, has been visiting the hospital regularly ever since the 68-year-old AIADMK supremo was admitted on 22 September.

Ponnaiyan said the chief minister was doing “physical exercises” and undergoing “physiotherapy”, was eating food on her own and advising officers on issues related to government and party activities.

“Currently, she is undertaking physical exercises as she has been in hospital for more than 60 days. Specialists from Mount Elizabeth hospital (Singapore) are also providing physiotherapy to her. She will return home soon”, he said.

Jayalalithaa was hospitalised on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration. The hospital, which had been issuing bulletins on her health status, has said she was being treated for infection.

Apollo Hospitals chairman Dr C Prathap Reddy had recently said that Jayalalithaa was in good health and was speaking using a valve attached to the tracheotomy tube.

First Published On : Dec 4, 2016 19:52 IST

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa shifted to private room from critical care unit

Chennai: AIADMK supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was on Saturday shifted to a private room in a ward of Apollo Hospital in Chennai after she was admitted in the critical care unit on 22 September.

AIADMK spokesperson CR Saraswathy said Jayalalithaa was shifted to a ward.

“We really thank God. Our chief minister has been shifted to a ward. She has started a healthy life again,” she told reporters here, adding “today is our Deepavali.”

A file photo of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa

A file photo of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa

AIADMK workers distributed sweets and danced outside the hospital premises, after hearing the news of Jayalalithaa being shifted to a private room in the hospital from the critical care unit.

Referring to the views of Apollo Hospitals chairman PC Reddy that Jayalalithaa has recovered fully and is taking normal food, she said, “now CM has been shifted to a ward. Very soon she will come home, we are very happy there are no words to express our feelings… we are so happy… we thank all the people who prayed for our Amma.”

Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospitals on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration.

She was put on a comprehensive line of treatment including antibiotics, respiratory support and passive physiotherapy.

A team of doctors of Apollo, Dr Richard from a London hospital and speciality doctors from AIIMS Delhi attended on her.

First Published On : Nov 19, 2016 20:47 IST

Jayalalithaa’s health: Tamil Nadu CM to soon resume her public service, says AIADMK

Chennai: Ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on Thursday said party supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, hospitalised for more than a month, has “progressed well” and “started living a normal life” as it exuded confidence that she will soon resume her public service.

File image of tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa. PTI

File image of tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa. PTI

Party spokesperson Panrutty S Ramachandran said 68-year old Jayalalithaa, undergoing treatment at the Apollo Hospital since 22 September, has “progressed well” and expressed confidence that she will return to work for the poor people. “The people are confident (of her return) and their prayers are yielding results,” he told reporters.

Another party spokesperson, CR Saraswathy said the doctors said that Jayalalithaa was “very well” but wanted her to be under their watch for some time. “She is very well and is consuming normal food. She has started living a normal life. she will return soon and resume public service,” Saraswathy said.

The divine blessings were on Jayalalithaa as scores of party workers were holding prayers for her speedy recovery, she added. Jayalalithaa was admitted to the Apollo Hospital on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration.

Later the hospital said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support among others. Specialists from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, and from London among others have treated Jayalalithaa.

In its last medical bulletin on 21 October, the hospital had said the Chief Minister was interacting and progressing gradually.

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa has ‘started living normal life’: AIADMK

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on Wednesday said party supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, hospitalised here for more than a month, has “progressed well” and “started living a normal life” as it exuded confidence that she will soon resume her public service.Party spokesperson Panrutty S Ramachandran said 68-year old Jayalalithaa, undergoing treatment at the Apollo Hospital since September 22, has “progressed well” and expressed confidence that she will return to work for the poor people. “The people are confident (of her return) and their prayers are yielding results,” he told reporters.Another party spokesperson, C R Saraswathy said the doctors said that Jayalalithaa was “very well” but wanted her to be under their watch for some time. “She is very well and is consuming normal food. She has started living a normal life. she will return soon and resume public service,” Saraswathy said. The divine blessings were on Jayalalithaa as scores of party workers were holding prayers for her speedy recovery, she added.Jayalalithaa was admitted to the Apollo Hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration. Later the hospital said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support among others.Specialists from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, and from London among others have treated Jayalalithaa.In its last medical bulletin on October 21, the hospital had said the Chief Minister was interacting and progressing gradually.

Jayalalithaa doing well: AIADMK

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, undergoing treatment at a hospital in Chennai since last month, was recovering fast and would soon resume her “people’s duty”, AIADMK spokesperson CR Saraswathi said on Monday.”Amma is doing well and will come back to resume her ‘makkal pani’ (people’s duty) very soon,” she told reporters outside Apollo Hospital where Jayalalithaa is being treated since September 22.Meanwhile, state ministers and the AIADMK cadre continued to organise special poojas at various temples across the state for the speedy recovery of their party supremo. Former Congress MLA Yasodha, veteran actress Saroja Devi and South Indian Film Chamber of Commerce vice-president Kalyan were among those who visited the hospital today to enquire about Jayalalithaa’s health condition.”She is a great lady. She will return home and meet the people. I spoke to the doctors and was told by them that she was recovering,” Saroja Devi said.Jayalalithaa, initially admitted for fever and dehydration, was being treated for an infection with respiratory support among others. In the last medical bulletin issued on October 21, the hospital had said she was “interacting and progressing gradually”.

Tamil Nadu: Bharathiraja, Vairamuthu, Sheela visited Jayalalithaa in hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Celebrity visitors including veteran filmmaker Bharathiraja and lyricist Vairamuthu visited Apollo Hospital, where Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is undergoing treatment, and enquired about her well-being. Bharathiraja exuded confidence that Jayalalithaa will return in good health following prayers of scores of people. He said people’s prayers had helped AIADMK founder and former Chief Minister MG Ramachandran when he was hospitalised in the 80s, adding “it will be the same for Madam (Jayalalithaa) also.”National award winning lyricist Vairamuthu said Jayalalithaa will return with the help of medicines and “her determination.” Veteran actor Sheela said she was confident that the Chief Minister will return soon as “she is an iron lady.” Meanwhile, AIADMK supporters continued to hold prayers in different parts of the state for the speedy recovery of their party General Secretary.Jayalalithaa was admitted to the Apollo Hospital in Chennai on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration. Later on, the hospital had said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support among others. In its latest medical bulletin, issued on October 21, the hospital had said the Chief Minister was interacting and progressing gradually.

Jayalalithaa very well, will return home soon: AIADMK

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ruling AIADMK said on Wednesday party supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, hospitalised here since last month, is “very well” and would return home soon, even as scores of party workers continue to hold different forms of worships for her speedy recovery. “She is very well. God is by her side. She will come home soon,” party spokesperson CR Saraswathy told reporters here.She said the prayers of party supporters has reaped fruits and thanked the medical experts from AIIMS and Singapore among others who treated the 68 year-old leader. Jayalalithaa was admitted to the Apollo Hospital here on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration. Later on, the hospital had said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support among others.In its latest medical bulletin, which was issued on October 21, the hospital had said the Chief Minister was interacting and progressing gradually. Meanwhile, AIADMK supporters in large numbers continued to organise special prayers and events for the well being of their ”Amma” (Mother), as she is affectionately called by them, across the state. This included a six-hour musical prayer in Tirunelveli.Around 20,000 people carried the traditional ”palkudam” (milkpot) over a 10 km stretch praying for Jayalalithaa”s speedy recovery at Viralimalai in Puthukottai district. In Tirunelveli, ”thavil” and ”nagaswara” musicians played their instruments non-stop for six hours praying for the good health of the AIADMK supremo.Special yagnams and homams (havans) including ”Sudharsana” and ”dhanvanthiri” homams seeking divine blessings for her good health and long life were performed in many temples across the state including in Chennai, Coimbatore and Dharmapuri. In Erode, school students sat in a row depicting ”Amma” in Tamil and held candle prayers for the Chief Minister. An inter-faith prayer was held in Thiruvarur.At Apollo Hospital, a group of members of the traditional Badaga tribe community from Nilgiris district held prayers.

Jayalalithaa interacting now; responding ‘remarkably’ to treatment, says hospital chairman

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao visited ailing Chief Minister Jayalalitha at the Apollo Hospitals here on Saturday, where he was briefed about the treatment given to her and was informed that she was interacting now and responding to treatment remarkably.Apollo Hospitals Chairman Dr. Reddy said that Jayalalithaa is being treated by a team of experts consisting of doctors from Critical Care Group, Senior Cardiologist, Senior Respiratory Physician, Senior Consultant, Infectious Diseases, Endocrinologist, Diabetologist and dieticians.He further informed that the Chief Minister continues to be under treatment and observation for all vital parameters, respiratory support and passive physiotherapy.The AIADMK on Thursday had said that its ailing leader was “completely well” and will return home soon. Jayalalithaa has been kept under the close observation of a specialist from London, besides three-member team of doctors from AIIMS, Delhi.Earlier, the Madras High Court dismissed another PIL in connection with the health of Jayalalithaa, saying that it was “one more publicity interest litigation”. “We completely fail to understand the intervention sought to be made by the petitioner in the matter of this nature and it is for the people concerned to determine the nature of treatment. It is one more publicity interest litigation,” the court said.Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration.

Jayalalithaa is ‘completely well’ and will return home soon: AIADMK

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AIADMK asserted on Thursday that its hospitalised supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was “completely well” and will return home soon. “Amma (Jayalalithaa) has progressed very well under the daily monitoring of Apollo Hospital doctors and specialists and soon she will return home,” AIADMK spokesperson CR Saraswathy told reporters in Chennai.She said Jayalalithaa, who had dedicated her life for public service, was “taking rest” as per doctors’ advice. “Otherwise, she is completely well and will come home soon. God is by her side on her health,” she said.A number of benefits were awaiting the people of Tamil Nadu, she said in an apparent reference to the many pro-people measures launched by the Jayalalithaa government and indicating that more were likely to be announced. 68-year-old Jayalalithaa was admitted to the Apollo Hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration.A specialist from London besides three-member team of doctors from AIIMS, Delhi, had also examined Jayalalithaa, who is being treated for infection with respiratory support. Meanwhile, former AIADMK minister and BJP leader HV Hande also expressed confidence that Jayalalithaa will return home soon.Hande visited Apollo Hospitals and said he met the doctors and Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha, M Thambidurai. He was informed that the passive physiotherapists were taking good care to Jayalalithaa, he said. “I am confident she will return home within a week or 10 days,” Hande, who had served as Health Minister in the MG Ramachandran-led AIADMK government, said.Meanwhile, party workers and supporters of Jayalalithaa continued holding special prayers in temples, churches and mosques across the state, wishing for her speedy recovery.

Tamil Nadu: One more held for ‘spreading rumours’ on Jayalalithaa’s health

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One more person was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly spreading rumours on Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s health on social media, taking the total number of those detained on similar charges to eight.”Sagayam Antony, a resident of Tuticorin District was spreading rumours, false information on social media on the health of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and he was arrested today (Wednesday),” a senior police official told PTI.The 33-year old man, a grocer, was brought here and produced before a court which remanded him to judicial custody.With this, the total number of persons arrested on the charge of spreading rumours about the health status of Jayalaithaa, undergoing treatment at the Apollo Hospital here since September 22, has gone up to eight.Police have warned of stern action against those spreading rumours on the health of Jayalalitha and have registered around 50 cases so far in this connection.Those arrested so far include a bank clerk and a jewellery appraiser in Coimbatore on a complaint from an AIADMK functionary that they had made ridiculous, adverse remarks about Jayalalithaa’s health condition during banking hours.

O Panneerselvam holds first cabinet meeting post Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa’s illness

Chennai: For the first time after the Tamil Nadu Governor re-allocated the portfolios of ailing Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, state Finance Minister O Panneerselvam on Wednesday presided over a meeting of the state cabinet to discuss, among other matters, the vexed Cauvery issue.

File photo of O Panneerselvam. PTI

File photo of O Panneerselvam. PTI

Although the government did not release details of the agenda of the meeting, the Cabinet is understood to have deliberated on the ongoing Cauvery water sharing dispute with Karnataka, besides other subjects.

The meeting also comes ahead of the scheduled onset of north-east monsoon later this month. The rains in December last year had wreaked havoc, flooding Chennai and nearby districts.

Last week, Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao had allotted the portfolios including Home held by Jayalalithaa to Panneerselvam, till the time she returned to resume official duties.

The government released photographs of Wednesday’s cabinet meeting, where Panneerselvam was seen seated with a picture of Jayalalithaa placed on his desk.

The nearly hour-long meeting was held in the backdrop of the ongoing Cauvery water sharing row with Karnataka and demands by Opposition parties for an all-party meeting on the issue.

Farmers’ bodies and political parties had staged a two-day state-wide rail blockade ending Tuesday, urging the Centre to constitute the Cauvery Management Board.

The Raj Bhavan had last week in a release, said Paneerselvam, who holds the Administrative Reforms portfolio, in addition to Finance, “will also preside over cabinet meetings.”

The last Cabinet meeting held by Jayalalithaa was in July this year to discuss the state budget.

68-year-old Jayalalithaa was admitted to the Apollo hospital on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration.

A specialist from London besides three-member team of doctors from AIIMS, Delhi, had also examined Jayalalithaa, who is being treated for infection with respiratory support.

Tamil Nadu: AIADMK, DMK come to blows over Jayalalithaa’s health

Coimbatore: An AIADMK councillor and DMK worker have been admitted to a hospital in Pollachi in the district after they came to blows following an altercation over the remarks on the health status of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, police said on Monday.

File photo of Jayalalithaa. AFP

File photo of Jayalalithaa. AFP

DMK local functionary Lingadurai reportedly made critical remarks about the health condition of Jayalalithaa in an inebriated condition last night. AIADMK Councillor James Raj, who was passing by, got angry over the remarks and entered into arguments leading to fisticuffs, police said.

Lingadurai got admitted to the Pollachi government hospital in the early hours of today, claiming assault by the councillor.

James also was admitted to the same hospital, complaining that Lingadurai had assaulted him, police said.

This comes after 20 cases have been registered against some people, including a DMK councillor in Pollachi, for allegedly spreading rumours on the health of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa who is undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospital in Chennai, police said on Monday.

Pollachi Municipal Chairman and AIADMK town secretary, Krishnakumar lodged a complaint that DMK councillor Naaneethakrishnan had posted some verses on the social media, on the health condition of the Chief Minister, police said.

Some 20 people had shared these verses on Facebook, the complainant said, based on which police registered cases against them under IPC sections including 153 (A) (promoting enmity and disharmony), they said.

Yesterday, a 24-year-old man from Tuticorin district, was arrested for allegedly posting rumours on the social media on Jayalalithaa’s health. With his arrest, the number of persons taken into custody in the state in this regard has gone up to seven.

AIIMS experts, UK specialist visit Apollo Hospital again to examine Jayalalithaa

Chennai: The expert team of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), along with a UK-based specialist, who had earlier examined Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, on Thursday visited Apollo Hospital again.

File image of Jayalalithaa. PTI

File image of Jayalalithaa. PTI

Hospital sources said international specialist and consultant from Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital, London, Dr Richard Beale, and the AIIMS team, comprising Dr G Khilnani, Professor of Department of Pulmonology Medicine, Dr Anjan Trikha, Professor of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, and Dr Nitish Nayak, Professor of Department of Cardiology, visited the hospital in the afternoon.

The expert panel, during its earlier visit to the hospital on 6 October, had drawn up a detailed medical management plan to treat the 68-year-old AIADMK supremo. During its last visit, the team had held detailed deliberations on the treatment protocol provided to Jayalalithaa.

On 9 and 10 October, Khilnani had visited the hospital and examined the chief minister. An earlier press release from the hospital had said, he had discussions with the hospital’s expert panel and had “concurred with the present line of treatment” being given to the chief minister.

Jayalalithaa continues to be under treatment and “is being constantly monitored by the intensivists and other consultants
in the expert panel”, it had said. Necessary respiratory support, antibiotics, nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy were being given to her, it had added.

Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration.

Jayalalithaa’s health: Unreliability of official sources has given rise to rumour-mongering

As of  Wednesday night, the Tamil Nadu Police had registered 52 cases for spreading rumours on the health of Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa who has been in the CCU of Chennai’s Apollo Hospital since the night of 22 September for medical ailments that till this moment remain an intriguing matter of conjecture.

The slew of cases, not surprisingly, triggered a pointed jab through one of those ubiquitous WhatsApp forwards. The point of that Tamil meme was: The first cases on spreading rumours on the chief minister’s health should be slapped on, ahem, the state government and Apollo Hospital.

File image of J Jayalalithaa. PTI

File image of J Jayalalithaa. PTI

Tragically, that meme had articulated an inconvenient truth that much of mainstream media in Tamil Nadu cannot.

Right from the quiet night when Jayalalithaa — reportedly in an unconscious state with multiple organ issues — was rushed in an ambulance to the Apollo Hospital, the main casualty has been truth.

The day after Jaya was admitted to hospital, some newspersons in Chennai were fed (by their sources) alarming details on the chief minister’s health and how cardio and pulmonary specialists had worked overtime to fit an emergency pacemaker in her. There were sundry other medical specifics too and the gist of them all was: The chief minister’s health was critical.

But guess what the press release from Apollo said? Well, the operative part of it was ‘fever’ and ‘dehydration’. This is when multiple experts had reportedly battled all night to resuscitate the chief minister. From then on, Apollo press releases have only gotten worse.

If the intention was to keep the anxiety level of a decidedly emotional state (Tamil Nadu) in check, it was understandable. But the execution of it, all through since then, through half-truths and also plain lies is totally wrong and unacceptable.

And when the official machinery is not reliable, it is only natural that unofficial ones spring up with racy rumours and fancy theories. “It is tragic when information quoting imagined sources and spoofy memes become news. That dystopian reality is a fact in Tamil Nadu today,” said R Kathiravan, a political analyst.

Now, the problem for Tamil Nadu is that its mainstream media is not the most rigorous even in the best of times in asking difficult questions of the establishment. Many events and scandals that would have been the grist for headlines for weeks without end elsewhere, have been known to be quietly ignored in Tamil Nadu.

The entire official machinery in the state has been outrageously opaque, especially under Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK regime. The ministers are totally unreachable. At any rate, they don’t have a voice. The CMO is far worse. It is a one-way street, parting only with info it wants at a time convenient to it. “The set-up is such that it precludes any kind of (news) story, negative or otherwise, on the government and its minders,” concurred Kathiravan. “To put things in perspective, a Siddaramaiah or a Devendra Fadnavis cannot get away with this kind of extreme secrecy in operations,” added KK Aparna, a media head at an MNC.

Many individual journalists — as elsewhere, are hard working and honest here too. But most media houses (they are employed in) are extremely committed to  their political ideology or in a situation of being at the mercy of government advertisements. The leading English and Tamil dailies in the state (leading in terms of officially given circulation figures) have a history of being pro-establishment and this sets the tone for the entire market.

At any rate, the anti-government voice belongs to the Opposition parties-run outlets and hence, is seen to lack credibility. The vernacular press, which is generally pretty vibrant in states like the neighbouring Kerala, has been wishy-washy in Tamil Nadu and has never been known for rigour in news reporting. Illuminatingly, the number of scandal rags in Tamil Nadu, the ones that dish out lurid gossip on government and politicians, must be one of the highest in the country.

“But in this age of Twitter and WhatsApp, the government is unable to control rumours and insinuated details. This is where the rub lies,” pointed out Aparna. She added the situation has reached the stage where the people need to be told the full truth. “We have long crossed that threshold of the need for privacy to an individual on matters of health. It has been trumped by the right to know by the people on issues of governance,” she said.

Meanwhile, even as the police is slapping cases on individual voices on social media, the echoes from political platforms are only getting more strident. Despite almost comical visits by people from across political parties, nobody is any surer of the chief minister’s health. Also — most importantly — no one has actually seen Jayalalithaa. And this includes the governor too, who made an official visit to the hospital. “I saw people who claim to have seen the chief minister,” CPI leader D Pandian deadpanned after his visit to Apollo Hospital.

And since no one (on record) has seen the chief minister since her admission to the hospital, and the popular consensus is that she is bed-ridden and unable to carry out any of her regular activities, it begs important questions concerning the state: Who wrote the speech that was delivered under her name at the Cauvery meeting in New Delhi? Who authorised the Deepavali bonus for state PSU employees? The assigning of her portfolios to O Panneerselvam, who okayed it? The press release from the governor’s office said that it was done based on the ‘advice’ of the chief minister. But no one is ready to believe that bit.

The Churchillian phrase of “an iron curtain has descended” rings icily true in Tamil Nadu today

But, heck, who is running the state? Her phlegmatic confidante Sasikala and the members of seemingly never-ending family? The former chief secretary of the state, and now the advisor who enjoyed all access to and the confidence of Jaya: Sheela Balakrishnan? Well, there are no clear-cut and honest answers. As ever, we have to make do with speculation. But whoever is running the show is making a poor job of it.

Meanwhile, news circles in Chennai is agog with yet another rumour that the Apollo Hospitals is unhappy with its hands being forced to issue press releases (on the Chief Minister’s health status) that it wouldn’t want to.

Apollo, it is being speculated, is feeling enough is enough. It has seen its ‘business’ dwindle by more than 60 percent (again, a ball-park figure) since the arrival of the chief minister in its CCU. Outside the hospital on Chennai’s Greams Road, the strange gaggle of AIADMK supporters are hopeful of the chief minister’s return and yet totally angry with Apollo. “This has become a game that Apollo will have difficulty getting out unscathed,” said BP Rajesh, an independent medical analyst.

A chief minister’s state of health in secrecy.
A state run by unseen people with unknown motives.
A media that doesn’t know much about what it is reporting.

The Churchillian phrase of “an iron curtain has descended” rings icily true in Tamil Nadu today.

Jayalalithaa’s health being constantly monitored; doctors say Tamil Nadu CM responding well to treatment

Chennai: With Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa continuing to receive treatment, a stream of high-profile visitors, including Kerala Governor P Sathasivam and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, today visited the Apollo Hospital and enquired about her health.

The hospital, where the AIADMK general secretary was admitted on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration, said she was “constantly being monitored”.

“Prof Dr G Khilnani, Department of Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), visited Apollo Hospital again on 9 and 10 October and examined Honourable Chief Minister,” the hospital’s Chief Operating Officer, Subbiah Viswanathan, said in a release.

File image of Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa. PTIFile image of Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa. PTI

File image of Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa. PTI

Khilnani, part of a three-member AIIMS panel which had examined Jayalalithaa last week, had discussions with the hospital’s expert panel and “concurred with the present line of treatment” being given to the chief minister, the release said.

Jayalalithaa continues to be under treatment and “is being constantly monitored by the intensivists and other consultants in the expert panel”, it added.

Necessary respiratory support, antibiotics, nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy were being given to her, the release said.

Earlier, Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu, who visited the hospital on Sunday, described Jayalalithaa as a “fighter” and expressed confidence that she would continue to serve the people of Tamil Nadu.

“I am confident that she has a strong willpower and she is always a fighter. I am confident that she will fight back, become normal and continue to serve the people of Tamil Nadu and that is my wish,” he told reporters after making a “courtesy call” on Governor Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao at Raj Bhavan.

Kerala Governor P Sathasivam, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Puducherry Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi also visited the hospital and quoted the doctors as saying that Jayalalithaa “was recovering”.

Vijayan, accompanied by Sathasivam, visited the hospital and held discussions with hospital CMD Prathap Reddy. “We met Dr Prathap Reddy and the other doctors providing treatment to the chief minister. The specialists informed us that she was responding well to the treatment,” Sathasivam told reporters.

“Within a short period, she is likely to be discharged and it is possible for her to take charge of the administration. We also pray for her speedy recovery,” he said.

Vijayan said the two had come to “convey the collective good wishes of the people of Kerala”.

Expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala fears some people may forge ailing Jaya’s signature to run govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Expelled All Indian Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) MP Sasikala Pushpa has written a letter to Governor C Vidyasagr Rao, saying she fears that some people might forge Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s signature to run the party and the government in the state. In a letter addressed to the governor, Pushpa said, “It is feared that some people around Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, now hospitalised, may forge her signature to nominate a deputy general secretary to AIADMK and to run the Government also. Kindly verify ADMK general secretary signature if any official communication came from her. We request you to verify carefully, if at all any official communication came from them in this or any other regard. “Jayalalithaa, admitted to Apollo Hospital, has been undergoing treatment since September 22 after she complained of fever and de-hydration. Opposition parties like DMK, and DMDK have been demanding that an interim chief minister be installed to run the government in the absence of Jayalalithaa.

Jayalalithaa may be discharged soon: Kerala Governor

Jayalalithaa may be discharged soon: Kerala Governor

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Chennai: Kerala Governor P Sathasivam said on Monday that Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is likely to be discharged soon from hospital.

File image of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa. PTIFile image of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa. PTI

File image of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa. PTI

“All the specialists’ doctors informed us that there is a good response to the treatment and she is likely to be discharged soon and soon she will take over the administration of the state,” Sathasivam told the media.

The Kerala Governor made the comments after visiting the Apollo Hospital with Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital last month.

Vijayan said he and the Governor decided to come to convey the best wishes of the people of Kerala and to wish her speedy recovery.

“We got good positive news from the doctors. They said she will recover soon. We have received the good news that she is getting better,” he said.

Vijayan arrived from Kozhikode while Sathasivam came from Thiruvananthapuram. The latter waited for the former at the Chennai airport and they drove together in the same car to the hospital.

Jayalalithaa’s health: Leaders, supporters line up at Apollo Hospital; hold special prayers

Chennai: Political leaders, including Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, on Sunday, visited the Apollo Hospital to enquire about the condition of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa even as special prayers were held for her good health across Tamil Nadu.

“I pray to the Almighty that she recovers fully and get back to her routine. I am fully confident that she will recover soon,” Narayanasamy told reporters after visiting the hospital.

Tamil Maanila Congress chief GK Vasan also visited the hospital where Jayalalithaa is undergoing treatment since 22 September. He said she is being given specialised medical care.

He met the director of the hospital and interacted with doctors, state ministers and was told that she is improving.

“Our best wishes to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for a speedy recovery. We wish on behalf of Tamil Maanila Congress that she should resume her work for the people,” he said.

CPI leader and Rajya Sabha MP D Raja said he spoke to doctors and AIADMK leaders present at the hospital and expressed his party’s wishes for her early recovery.

Meanwhile, special prayers continued at places of worship in the state for Jayalalithaa’s speedy recovery.

After observing ritualistic stipulations for days, a massive “milk pot” procession was taken out in Madurai by AIADMK workers and supporters in which a sizable number of women cadres participated.

The procession began from Saravana Poigai tank and culminated at the Subramania Swamy temple in Tiruparankundram where the milk carried in pots was used for worship by them.

State Revenue Minister RB Udhayakumar and his party workers participated in the prayers.

Also, yagnas were performed in several temples seeking a healthy and long life for Jayalalithaa in which former State Minister Valarmathi participated.

Similarly, special prayer sessions were organised by Christians at various churches.

Stalin visits Jayalalithaa in the hospital, enquires about TN chief minister’s health

Chennai: DMK treasurer and Leader of Opposition in the Tamil Nadu Assembly MK Stalin on Saturday visited Apollo Hospital and talked to the doctors there regarding the health condition of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

“We have been told that her condition is improving. Our wishes on behalf of the DMK and our party chief Kalaignar (M Karunanidhi) for a speedy recovery and resumption of her work,” he told reporters after the visit to the hospital.

Chennai: DMK Treasurer and Opposition leader of Tamil Nadu Assembly MK Stalin interacts with media persons outside Apollo Hospital, where AIADMK Supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is admitted, in Chennai on Saturday. PTI Photo(PTI10_8_2016_000213B)Chennai: DMK Treasurer and Opposition leader of Tamil Nadu Assembly MK Stalin interacts with media persons outside Apollo Hospital, where AIADMK Supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is admitted, in Chennai on Saturday. PTI Photo(PTI10_8_2016_000213B)

MK Stalin interacts with the media outside Apollo Hospital where Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is admitted. PTI

Accompanied by party colleagues, including Deputy Leader of Opposition in Assembly Duraimurugan and former minister K Ponmudi, Stalin also called on Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai, state Finance Minister O Panneerselvam and state Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar at the hospital and inquired about the health of the chief minister.

Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration.

DMK on Friday also sought an interim arrangement to “effectively” handle issues likes the Cauvery row till the time Jayalalithaa returns after treatment from the hospital.

“Till the time she comes (back), there should be a acting Chief Minister or a Deputy Chief Minister, which would be taken up by ministers who are next in the hierarchy and take decisions in matters like the Cauvery issue. This is our stand,” Stalin, himself a former deputy CM, said.

Jayalalithaa under ‘constant monitoring’: Apollo Hospital

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, hospitalised in Chennai last month, is undergoing lung decongestion as well as other “comprehensive measures” and continues to be under constant monitoring, Apollo Hospital said on Saturday.”The honourable Chief Minister continues to be under constant monitoring by the intensivists and consultants in the panel (of specialists),” it said.The hospital’s Chief Operating Officer Subbiah Viswanathan said in a short press release that respiratory support “is being closely watched and adjusted.” “Lungs decongestion treatment is being continued. All the other comprehensive measures including nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy are under way,” he said.The 68-year-old Jayalalithaa was admitted to the corporate hospital on September 22, after she complained of fever and dehydration. The hospital had on Thursday said that she “continues to improve but requires a longer stay at the hospital”.Among others, Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan and MDMK founder Vaiko had visited the hospital. They had wished her speedy recovery.

TN Congress chief Thirunavukkarasar rules out ‘politics’ behind Rahul’s Chennai visit

Chennai: TNCC on Saturday said there was ‘no politics’ in the party vice-president Rahul Gandhi visiting Apollo Hospital where Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is being treated and also announced a one-day fast on 15 October against the Centre on the Cauvery issue.

TNCC President Su Thirunavukkarasar said Rahul Gandhi had visited the hospital on “humanitarian grounds” and out of “courtesy” to “enquire about the health of AIADMK supremo and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and to offer support if needed.”

There was absolutely no politics in the visit, he told reporters.

Representational image. AFPRepresentational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

Thirunavukkarasar said his party would hold a one-day fast on 15 October in Tiruchirappalli on the Cauvery issue against the BJP-led Union government, which had “betrayed” the interests of Tamil Nadu and its farmers.

The TNCC chief said the stand of the Union government that the Supreme Court does not have “jurisdiction to direct it to constitute the Cauvery Management Board” was shocking.

“This is like rubbing salt to the wound. The BJP-led government at the Centre has taken a stand against Tamil Nadu to gain political mileage (in Karnataka). This is a big injustice committed against Tamil Nadu,” he said.

On the scope for political realignment ahead of the 2019 Parliamentary polls in view of Rahul’s visit, he said “elections to the Parliament are nearly three years away. There is no need to think about it now.”

Rahul had on Friday interacted with doctors at Apollo Hospital and enquired about Jayalalithaa’s health. He wished her a speedy recovery and said she was improving.

Rahul Gandhi visits Jayalalithaa at hospital, says she is ‘improving’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Friday visited the Apollo Hospital here to enquire about the condition of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, who was hospitalised recently for fever and dehydration and said ‘she is improving and going to be alright.’In brief remarks after visiting the hospital, Rahul said, “I wanted to give my support and Congress president’s support to the Chief Minister”.”The Chief Minister’s health is improving and she is going to be alright,” he said.”I want to give maximum energy to Jayalalithaaji, so that she gets well soon,” Rahul said while replying to a question, adding, he wishes for her speedy recovery.The Congress vice president was briefed by doctors about the treatment being given to the AIADMK supremo. State Congress chief Su Thirunavukkarasar accompanied him.Rahul’s visit to Chennai lasted barely a little over an hour and half. He arrived around 11.20 AM and boarded a flight to Delhi around 1 PM.The Apollo hospital had said on Thursday that the treatment regimen includes continued respiratory support, nebulisation, drugs to decongest the lungs, antibiotics, nutrition, general nursing care and supporting therapy.Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration.

Jayalalithaa’s health: How things unfolded inside and outside Chennai’s Apollo hospital

Two SOS calls went out from the Tamil Nadu chief minister’s residence in Chennai past 10 pm on 22 September. The first one to Apollo hospital, asking for an ambulance to be rushed to Poes Garden immediately. Senior doctors were asked to be on standby for the VIP patient. The second to the top cops asking for traffic to be cleared for the CM’s convoy at that late hour.

Within minutes, the ambulance was rushed and the Critical Care Unit (CCU) on the second floor at the hospital was made ready. Security paraphernalia of the Chennai police was rushed to the hospital and the 3 km distance from the CM’s home to Apollo hospital on Greams Road was converted into a green corridor. Within 15 minutes, Selvi Jayalalithaa Jayaram, 68, was wheeled directly into the CCU.

She was immediately put on non-invasive treatment, with tests done simultaneously to check different health parameters. Soon word spread that the CM had been hospitalised and by morning, crowds began to swell outside Apollo hospital. A press release on the Apollo hospital letterhead said the CM was suffering from fever and dehydration.

A Jayalalithaa loyalist offers prayers for his leader's recovery, suspended from a crane at the Senniamman Temple in Chennai. Photo courtesy: Vanne Srinivasulu

A Jayalalithaa loyalist offers prayers for his leader’s recovery, suspended from a crane at the Senniamman temple, in Chennai. Photo courtesy: Vanne Srinivasulu

The intention was clear. Information to the public was to be given on a need-to-know basis to ensure panic did not spread in the city and the state.

For a change, Tamil Nadu’s political ecosystem behaved with dignity. All Opposition leaders, otherwise at daggers drawn with Jayalalithaa, wished her a speedy recovery. The Prime Minister and the governor also sent her their good wishes.

But outside the hospital, the virtual world was fueling rumours overtime in the real world. The first of them over Friday and Saturday spoke about how she is critical and would be flown off to Singapore for further treatment. Apollo hospital and the Tamil Nadu government denied the rumour the next day. The tone and tenor of the press conference on Sunday in which reporters were not allowed entry, was only to say all is well and under control.

But the feeling that something was amiss and the truth was not being revealed, persisted.

The second floor also houses the general ward and the ICU. The CCU portion where Jayalalithaa was admitted was cordoned off to ensure other patients and their attendants were not put to inconvenience. Three rooms were allotted to the CM’s accompanying team, among them Sasikala, her trusted aide. Finance Minister O Panneerselvam, the senior-most Cabinet minister in the ministry too has been camping at the hospital. Dr Shivakumar, who is married into Sasikala’s family, is also at hand. Care was taken to ensure mobile phones were not allowed anywhere near the CCU to ensure no pictures of the CM were leaked.

Around the same time, the dates for the local bodies elections in Tamil Nadu were announced. The AIADMK released the first list of candidates for the elections, as if to indicate it is business as usual. No one knows if it had already been cleared by Jayalalithaa before she was admitted.

On Tuesday, after the Supreme court heard the Cauvery case, a government press release announced that the CM chaired a meeting from her hospital room and even dictated her speech to be read out by the PWD minister at the Karnataka-Tamil Nadu meeting with Water Resources Minister Uma Bharathi in Delhi on Thursday. Given what is now known of her condition, the jury is out on whether the CM indeed presided over the meeting.

On Wednesday, the CM’s condition deteriorated. “She went down and the medical team had to put her on ventilator to help in breathing and start invasive treatment,” said the source. Well-known intensivist Richard John Beale, who specialises in cases involving critically ill patients, flew down from London to examine Jayalalithaa. An intel report had been sent to the political leadership of the country in New Delhi as well that Jayalalithaa’s health was cause for concern.

It was then that those in Lutyens’ Delhi realised that it was not just a case of fever and dehydration but something more serious. In the absence of any confirmation or denial officially from Apollo hospital or the government, conspiracy theories began to gain traction through WhatsApp forwards. The more outrageous the rumour, the more it lent itself to being shared on social media.

The government announced Rs 476 crore as bonus for PSU employees on Wednesday. The AIADMK’s second list of candidates for the 17 and 19 October election was also released in the week. While the attempt would have been to convey that the leader is in-charge, doubts persist on who exactly is calling the shots.

In his rather sharp open letter last week, DMK chief M Karunanidhi quoted a report in a Tamil daily to name Sasikala and Sheela Balakrishnan (advisor to the Tamil Nadu CM) as the shadows who are trying to be the real person. Karunanidhi warned against unauthorised people with access to Jayalalithaa trying to run the state by proxy.

The political leadership in Delhi is aware that Jayalalithaa is not completely out of the woods yet, even though since Saturday she has been responding favourably to the treatment. The Apollo hospital said treatment for her infection was on while AIADMK leaders hoped she would be discharged in 2-3 days.

After his visit on Saturday evening, Tamil Nadu’s acting Governor Vidyasagar Rao has sent a formal report to the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Home Affairs on Jayalalithaa’s health condition and his own impression of the situation in the state. Delhi, sources say, is keeping a close watch and coordinating closely to ensure the systems are in place, even without a functioning head of the government.

The AIADMK has been instructed to keep up with its ‘all is well’ narrative. Former minister Valarmathi claimed Amma is in fact working from inside the hospital but glared back when asked if she got an opportunity to meet her inside.

CR Saraswathi, AIADMK spokesperson said, “Amma works for 22 out of 24 hours. Even those two hours, she only thinks of people’s welfare. We want her to rest for a few days in hospital because she has been working so hard.”

Jayalalithaa’s health continues to improve, advised some more days’ hospital stay

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, who has been in hospital since 22 September, is responding well to the treatment given to her and has been advised a few more days’ stay in hospital, said Apollo Hospitals on Sunday.

The hospital said Jayalalithaa continues to improve.

In a statement issued here, Apollo Hospitals said the current treatment plan, including appropriate antibiotics and other allied clinical measures, are presently being continued to treat infection the 68-year-old leader is suffering from.

The current treatment plan is based on the detailed discussions the expert group of doctors had with British doctor Richard Beale.

A file photo of jayalalithaa. PTIA file photo of jayalalithaa. PTI

A file photo of jayalalithaa. PTI

According to the statement, Beale is Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine at Guy’s and St. Thomas Hospital, London.

As per the London hospital’s website, Beale is one of its critical care consultants and clinical director, perioperative, pain and critical care directorate. He is an experienced investigator in the fields of sepsis, ARDS, haemodynamics, critical care nutrition and ICU informatics.

Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospital on 22 September for fever and dehydration.

Subsequently, Apollo Hospital said she was cured of fever and needed to be in the hospital for observation.

Though Jayalalithaa is in the hospital, major government decisions are being taken by her.

On 27 September, Jayalalithaa after discussing the issues related to the Cauvery water row, dictated her speech to be read out by Chief Secretary P. Rama Mohana Rao at the meeting of the executive heads of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

The meeting was held on 29 September in New Delhi and Rao read out her speech.

Even the party statements are issued in Jayalalithaa’s name.

Meanwhile, state Finance Ministter O. Panneerselvam, Electricity Minister P. Thangamani and Forest Minister Dindigul C. Srinigasan visited Apollo Hospitals on Sunday.

The standard answer from party leaders about Jayalalithaa’s health condition is that “Amma is well and will be back soon.”

Party spokesperson C.R. Saraswathi, meanwhile, urged the people and the party cadres not to believe the baseless rumours about Jayalalithaa’s health.

“Our Amma (Jayalalithaa) is meeting Ministers and giving instructions on the local body polls. She is fine but needs some rest,” Saraswathi told IANS.

Party cadres continue to hold special prayers at different temples across the state.

Jayalalithaa’s illness: AIADMK denies rumours, but secrecy over CM’s health remains

The team led by Tamil Nadu’s PWD minister EK Palaniswamy read out Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s speech at the meeting of the Karnataka and Tamil Nadu representatives with the water resources minister in New Delhi on Thursday. His master’s voice wanted the country to know that Amma is at work even from her hospital bed in Chennai, her mind working overtime to secure Cauvery water for Tamil Nadu.

In fact, in the last two days, worried by alarming rumours about her real condition inside the critical care unit at Apollo Hospital, the Tamil Nadu government put out two press releases to indicate all is well in ‘Amma Nadu’. They spoke of Jayalalithaa chairing a meeting to discuss the Supreme Court orders on Cauvery issue and an announcement of bonus worth Rs 476 crore for PSU employees. The AIADMK also put out the list of its candidates for the local body elections in October to indicate that it is business as usual.

Apollo has also released a health bulletin saying the Tamil Nadu chief minister is doing well and that she will soon be discharged and return home. Meanwhile, the police has issued one more warning against rumour mongers. They say everyone who is spreading rumour is being monitored.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. PTITamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. PTI

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. PTI

A highly placed functionary in the Tamil Nadu government confirmed to Firstpost that the latest aggravation in Jayalalithaa’s condition was a lung infection that led to breathlessness. Sources both within the government and outside have also indicated that she was even put on the ventilator for a while on Wednesday morning and it was withdrawn after her condition stabilised. “Her condition is not alarming,” said the source who claimed he was aware of what was happening inside the hospital. AIADMK spokespersons have also said she is doing fine, deploring the panic that Whatsapp message forwards are spreading.

But with the over-secretive world of Jayalalithaa not even letting a mobile phone onto the floor at the hospital, skeptics who suspect spin doctors are at work, exist by the dozen. Among them, PMK leader S Ramadoss, who asked the CM’s office to put out a video to prevent rumour mongering.

In her bail application in October 2014, after she was sentenced to prison in the disproportionate assets case, Jayalalithaa mentioned that she suffered from diabetes, hypertension, cellulitis and other ailments. With no elaborate medical bulletins put out by the hospital, Tamil Nadu does not know if any of the above ailments have got aggravated or any fresh complication has arisen.

The CM was admitted on Thursday night, suffering from fever and dehydration. If that was all what it was, she should have been back on her feet in a maximum of five days. But it is eight days now and though Apollo Hospital put vague two sentence press releases claiming the CM is under observation and is having a normal diet, no explanation has been given for why fever and dehydration needs eight days of hospitalisation in the critical care unit.

For many months, the talk in Chennai has been that Jayalalithaa’s home in Poes Garden is well-stocked with medical equipment to take care of any ailment. If that speculation is true, surely it could have taken care of the CM if it was just a case of fever and dehydration. Admission to Apollo raised serious doubts.

On Wednesday, Union minister of state and BJP leader Pon Radhakrishnan came to visit Jayalalithaa in the hospital, but reportedly went back without meeting even after waiting for 45 minutes. That raised eyebrows.

The big question is if Jayalalithaa is “normal”, why is the government not releasing any photographic evidence to indicate so. After all, thousands of AIADMK leaders and activists wait every day for some word about Amma. Elsewhere, prayers are being offered for her. Given that she is the supreme leader of the party, surely they deserve some assurance.

Who is running the Tamil Nadu government when the CM is hospitalised is another serious question that deserves an answer. That is perhaps one reason why the press releases are being put out to indicate that Jayalalithaa is still in charge.

The Governor of Tamil Nadu, Vidyasagar Rao, has not paid the CM a visit yet. Indications are that he may travel from Mumbai (as he is primarily Governor of Maharashtra holding additional charge of Tamil Nadu) to Chennai over the weekend. We do not know if any of her ministers were allowed to meet her. It is only the press release on Cauvery that indicates that officials, including the chief secretary were present at a meeting chaired by her in her hospital room.

There are a couple of bizarre conspiracy theories doing the rounds as well that are being mentioned here only to give an idea of the kind of speculation that is taking place in the absence of credible information. One of them suggests that the hospital stint is to give Jayalalithaa the excuse of extreme illness to facilitate a move to the hospital should she get an adverse verdict in the disproportionate assets case next month. The other suggestion is that Jayalalithaa is doing this with an eye to gain sympathy ahead of the local bodies elections. For someone who just won an assembly election, the only one in 30 years to return to power for a second consecutive term, this theory just does not hold water.

The talk of Jayalalithaa being shifted to a hospital in Singapore for treatment has been denied by the hospital.

Meanwhile Tamil magazine Vikatan published a story that claimed that two nurses and a staffer at Apollo Hospital have been suspended for trying to access Jayalalithaa’s medical records online.

Once bitten, twice shy, the media has largely restricted itself to publishing handouts from the hospital, because last year, journalists who did so were delivered a defamation notice, as did BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy.

Jayalalithaa not travelling to Singapore for medical treatment; to be discharged from hospital tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who was admitted to a hospital here late Thursday night due to fever will be released tomorrow, on Sunday, says NDTV. Hospital authorities said on Friday that she is recovering and continues to be under observation. “The Chief Minister (Jayalalithaa) has no fever now and is taking a normal diet. She is under observation,” Apollo Hospital’s Chief Operating Officer Subbiah Viswanathan said in a press release. “She was admitted to the hospital after she complained of fever and dehydration,” he said. The 68-year-old AIADMK chief was taken to Apollo Hospital after she complained of fever.There were reports earlier that she will be flown to Singapore for high sugar and kidney treatment which was denied by AIADMK. “She is very healthy, no problem at all. This (reports that TN CM will travel Singapore for treatment) is just a rumour,” CR Saraswathi, AIADMK.AIADMK party leaders and allies offered prayers in places of worship across Tamil Nadu praying that she gets well soon. Leaders of parties including state unit chief of BJP Tamilisai Soundararajan, All India Samathuva Makkal Katchi chief Sarathkumar, an ally of ruling AIADMK, besides Dravidar Kazhagam chief Ki Veeramani wished her speedy recovery.

Apollo kidney racket: 12 arrested, 3 doctors to be questioned

New Delhi: Three nephrologists at the Apollo Hospital in Delhi are likely to be questioned by Delhi Police in connection with the transplant surgeries performed under their supervision which were facilitated by the kidney racket in which 12 people have been arrested so far.

The names of the three doctors emerged during the interrogation of the racket’s kingpin Rajkumar Rao, who was allegedly operating in several states and is believed to have links with similar cartels in other countries, a senior police official said.

Apollo Hospital in New Delhi. ReutersApollo Hospital in New Delhi. Reuters

Apollo Hospital in New Delhi. Reuters

One of the three senior doctors is currently in the US. He was to return on Thursday but did not.

Two of his personal assistants were the first to be arrested in connection with the racket. A police team has been deployed at IGI airport to keep check on the doctor’s return, the official said.

During investigation, police found blank papers signed by the doctor, which were allegedly used by his assistants to complete the formalities to facilitate kidney transplant surgeries at the hospital.

A personal assistant of another senior doctor too was detained by police on Friday and the nephrologist’s role is under scanner now.

The name of the third doctor emerged after the police came across a donor linked to the racket. The suspicion of his involvement grew after his name cropped up during Rao’s interrogation. Police are already investigating his assistant’s role, the official added.

Police are likely to send notice in a day asking all three of them to join the probe.

Similar notices were earlier issued to five senior officials of the hospital, including the head of the 10-member internal assessment committee for transplant surgeries.

Twelve people, including two personal assistants of a nephrologist, several middlemen and donors, besides the kingpin have been arrested in connection with the racket so far.

Delhi: Three Apollo doctors to be questioned in kidney racket case

Three nephrologists at the Apollo Hospital here are likely to be questioned by Delhi Police in connection with the transplant surgeries performed under their supervision which were facilitated by the kidney racket in which 10 persons have been arrested so far.The names of the three doctors emerged during the interrogation of the racket’s kingpin Rajkumar Rao, who was allegedly operating in several states and is believed to have links with similar cartels in other countries, a senior police official said. One of the three senior doctors is currently in the US. He was to return on Thursday but did not.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two of his personal assistants were the first to be arrested in connection with the racket. A police team has been deployed at IGI airport to keep check on the doctor’s return, the official said. During investigation, police found blank papers signed by the doctor, which were allegedly used by his assistants to complete the formalities to facilitate kidney transplant surgeries at the hospital.
ALSO READ Delhi: Kingpin of Illegal kidney racket T Rajkumar Rao arrestedA personal assistant of another senior doctor too was detained by police on Friday and the nephrologist’s role is under scanner now.The name of the third doctor emerged after the police came across a donor linked to the racket. The suspicion of his involvement grew after his name cropped up during Rao’s interrogation. Police are already investigating his assistant’s role, the official added. Police are likely to send notice in a day asking all three of them to join the probe.
ALSO READ Police arrests close aide of main accused in Delhi Apollo kidney racket caseSimilar notices were earlier issued to five senior officials of the hospital, including the head of the 10-member internal assessment committee for transplant surgeries. Ten persons, including two personal assistants of a nephrologist, several middlemen and donors, besides the kingpin have been arrested in connection with the racket so far.

India kidney racket ‘leader’ arrested

Indian police say they have arrested the suspected leader of an illegal human kidney trading gang in one of the country’s leading private hospitals.

Kidney racket at top Delhi hospital

Indian police say they have uncovered an illegal trade in human kidneys in one of the leading private hospitals in the capital, Delhi.

Delhi Police busts kidney racket in Delhi hospital

It was an innocuous disagreement over non-payment of money that blew the lid off an on going illegal organ ‘donation’ racket at South Delhi’s premier Apollo Hospital. Delhi Police arrested five persons and detained one in connection with this racket on Thursday night.Sources claim that a few days ago, police officials were made aware of disagreement between a husband, wife and a middleman over the issue of non-payment of money. 30-year-old Devashish Moulik who had sold his wife’s kidney to a middleman had not been paid his dues. This upset the wife – who was not only missing one kidney, but was also short of money upto Rs.2.5 lakh that was owed to her. Police authorities were finally involved once the middleman entered the fray. The lid off an on going illegal racket of organs finally blew once police officials understood the crux of the argument.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Since the Transplantation of Human Organs Act (THOA) prohibits selling organs commercially, police authorities detained Moulik where he confessed his crime and ratted out on his accomplices.According to Moulik’s confession, 37-year-old middleman Aseem Sikdar was the mastermind behind the racket. Moulik along with Satya Prakash, 30, were also involved along with Aditya Sinha, 24, and Shailesh Saxena, 31, – both personal secretaries (PS) to doctors at Apollo Hospital were also involved in this racket.The Modus Operandi involved the middlemen trying to lure unsuspecting ‘donors’ to sell their kidneys at a price between two to four lakhs. The PS would scrounge through the hospital records and supply names of recipients who were then approached with said organs. Since, the laws governing organ donation is stringent, and there is intense scrutiny on donors who are not family members, the middlemen forged paperwork to establish familial relationship between the donors and recipients.The organs were sold to the recipients at a whopping price between 25-30 lakhs. The donors were paid anything between 2-4 lakhs, the middlemen’s cut was Rs. 30,000 and the personal secretaries netted Rs. 50,000.According to the police authorities, investigation has led them to believe that “involvement of doctors or hospital management cannot be ruled out.” From this revelation it can be deduced that a doctors’ cut in this racket was a cool Rs. 20 lakh at least per organ.Allegedly, the gang have worked on at least six cases in the past couple of years. The people targeted by the gang were mostly from the lower income group residing in West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh. “The gang have sold at least six kidneys so far in the city,” said Mandeep Singh Randhawa, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) – Southeast.A statement released by Apollo Hospital stated that the management was fully cooperating with the police claims that “the hospital has always abided by the law with utmost care and diligence and shall continue to do so.” Management also clarified that the secretarial staff of doctors arrested by the police are not employees of the hospital.

Boy gets new lease of life, thanks to a kind doctor and UK angel

From seeing the world upside down to sitting upright for the very first time, life has changed drastically for 13-year-old Mahendra Ahirwar. Born with congenital myopathy, a condition that caused his head and neck to hang sideways, in February this year, Mahendra’s became the first case in India to treat such a deformity. All thanks to a spinal surgeon in Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, and a woman from Liverpool, UK.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>“What I found was a nonsense or missense mutation,” Dr Rajagopal Krishnan, an orthopaedic surgeon with 15 years of work with the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), told dna. “There are probably only 200 cases worldwide.”“Today, he sat up straight for the first time,” said Mahendra’s father Mukesh Ahirwar, talking to dna over the phone from, his village of Chati Pahadi, Chattarpur district, Madhya Pradesh. “The doctor says the bone has started to fuse. Three months after surgery, we felt we made a good decision.” Else, he and his wife Sumitra were so scared they tried dissuading their son when he was being taken to the operation theatre. “He was so weak we felt he would die. We told him to not get the operation done,” said Mukesh. But Mahendra, he recounted, told his parents he wanted to get this done even if it killed him on the table.“He was very thin,” said Krishnan, “so much that there was no fat or muscle on him, only skin.”The surgery, that lasted six hours, was rife with complications; the biggest being risk of death from malignant hyperthermia — a fast rise in body temperature and severe muscle contractions — from general anesthesia.Planning, getting good anesthetics and pediatricians, on board took long. He said that it was difficult to get a proper diagnosis of Mahendra’s condition, when he first encountered the boy in November 2015, as there are many different kinds of myopathy. On the table, Krishnan could not use the more common ‘Lincoln highway’ approach to making an incision as that might have fixed the C1 and C2 vertebrae but would have certainly killed Mahendra.Rejected by doctors for 12 years, Mahendra’s condition made news in some UK papers, where Krishnan’s wife spotted it, and asked her husband to take a look. Another struck by the news was Julie Jones, a resident of Liverpool who decided to do something about it. She ended up raising £12,000 through crowdfunding for the Ahirwars. This, and being treated pro-bono by Krishnan, took care of Mahendra’s entire treatment, which included being in Krishnan’s care from November till February 2016, and the medicines and wheelchair he is using till date.Before the surgery, Mahendra was a depressed boy, say both Krishnan and Mukesh, who did not smile, did not talk. After the surgery, Krishnan said, he saw the boy smile and laugh more.“He has told us that Mahendra should keep laughing,” added Mukesh, “he has ten friends now.” His older sister teaches him as Mahendra, though now equipped with an electric wheelchair and in a brace, still cannot go to school.Though the family is a much happier one, and Mukesh and Sumitra no longer wish for all of them to die, they continue to be social outcasts.“The children are friends but villagers think I’ve become a big man whose son has been given a lot of money. They don’t like this,” said Mukesh. “Earlier, too they wouldn’t even look at us because of Mahendra’s condition. Not one person from my village helped me.”Julie Jones, Krishnan and the financial help they’ve given was godsent said Mukesh, as it was beyond his capacity to go to Delhi for help. A daily labourer, who studied only four years in school, and can write only his name, Mukesh made sure to send his children to school, even if the long works hours needed to earn that money almost made him sick. His wife, who is illiterate, cannot work as she spends all her hours with Mahendra. “He will die without her,” said Mukesh.More procedures might be required. However, unlike other striken children who die young, Krishnan said,“the myopathy hasn’t spread to his heart, he should live till 50.”

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