Dhinakaran camp releases clip of Jaya in hospital bed

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 21 Dec 2017 08:38:07



The video was shot by Sasikala after Jayalalithaa was shifted to a general room from ICU, says Dhinakaran loyalist Vetrivel who released the video

SETTING off a political controversy a day ahead of R K Nagar bypoll, a video purportedly showing late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in a hospital was released by sidelined AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran’s loyalist on Wednesday.

Amid questions raised about timing of the about 20 second video, aired by TV channels and later went viral on the social media, election officials asked channels to stop it’s telecast, saying it was a violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

The footage, showing a frail looking AIADMK supremo in a nightdress and sipping what appeared to be a health drink with a straw, was released by Vetrivel, disqualified AIADMK MLA and election agent of Dhinakaran, contesting the bypoll as an independent.

A police complaint was lodged by Returning Officer of R K Nagar Assembly constituency against Vetrivel, who said he released it in view of doubts raised over the circumstances leading to Jayalalithaa’s hospitalisation and death.

AIADMK hit out at Sasikala’s family, saying the video release was a ‘conspiracy’ and a ‘demeaning’ act with an eye on Thursday’s bypoll, considered an acid test for the ruling dispensation, being the first poll after Jayalalithaa’s demise.

Suspicions have been raised over circumstances leading to Jayalalithaa’s demise by several persons, including now Deputy CM O Panneerselvam and his followers. The State Govt has appointed a retired Madras HC judge as the one-man commission of inquiry to look into the circumstances leading to her death. DMK, which raised the issue of doubts over Jayalalithaa’s death during the campaign, and several others alleged that the video had been released with an eye on the bypoll. Defending the release of the video, Vetrivel said he did it on his own “out of mental agony. Later Dhinakaran called me and asked me why I did so,” he told PTI.