We lied about Jaya’s health: TN Minister

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 24 Sep 2017 08:13:03



“We were afraid of Sasikala at that time”, says AIADMK leader Dindigul Srinivasan; apologises to the people

SENIOR Tamil Nadu Minister and AIADMK leader Dindigul Srinivasan has claimed that afraid of Sasikala, party leaders lied about Jayalalithaa’s health last year so that people believe that she was improving.
No one was allowed to meet the late Chief Minister. Whoever came, would be briefed by Sasikala’s relatives that she was “all right”, he said.

The Minister sought the pardon of AIADMK cadres and the public for lying about Jayalalithaa’s health. Reacting to the Minister’s comments, sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran told reporters at Kodagu in Karnataka that they have footage of Jayalalithaa getting treatment in hospital
and would hand it over at “an appropriate time”.

Addressing a public meeting at Madurai late last night, Srinivasan said he was now coming out with the truth pushed by the situation. The fact was none including himself was allowed to see Jayalalithaa, who was admitted to the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai on September 22, 2016, claimed Srinivasan, who had also made such statements to the media last year. After prolonged treatment for infection and other complications, Jayalalithaa had died of a heart attack on December 5 last. Chief Minister K Palaniswami recently announced that a commission of inquiry would probe the death.

Present Deputy Chief Minister and former rebel leader O Panneerselvam had pressed for a probe into the death of Jayalalithaa saying there were doubts in the minds of people.

“I seek pardon from you. Please forgive me. We told lies Amma (Jayalalithaa) is eating sambar, chutney, tea etc so that you will believe that she is improving. In fact nobody saw Amma eating idli or drinking tea or chatting... All are lies,” Srinivasan said.

Similarly, news about several leaders meeting Jayalalithaa in the hospital and their version that she was improving was also false, he claimed. “We were afraid of Sasikala at that time and lied about Jayalalithaa’s health condition,” he claimed. “It is very common that sisters who fight inside the house will appear to be friendly outside.

We did not want the secret of the party to get leaked... That is why we lied,” he said. Referring to statements by people loyal to Dhinakaran that they had evidence to refute doubts over the treatment given to Jayalalithaa, he dared them to release these and face the inquiry commission to let the people know the truth. Dhinakaran said even Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao had visited the hospital and had issued statement on her health. “Doctors from Apollo Hospitals, the staff, even doctors from AIIMS had come for treating Jayalalithaa. But the truth is they did not allow even my aunt (ousted AIADMK General Secretary V K Sasikala) to see her,” he said.

Plea in HC for setting up judicial panel to probe Jaya death: A PETITION has been filed in the Madras High Court for setting up an inquiry commission, headed by a retired High Court judge, to find out the “truth” behind the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in Dec last year. The petitioner also sought an interim injunction restraining the State Ministers from issuing any statements pertaining to the death.