'Jayalalithaa will be discharged in 3 to 4 days'


As speculation on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa’s health grows, an AIADMK MP has said to THE WEEK that she is fine and recovering fast. 

“Madam is absolutely fine. She is recovering fast. She will be discharged from hospital in 3 to 4 days,” said J. Jayavardhan, South Chennai MP, to THE WEEK.

Jayavardhan, 28, who is also a doctor, is one of the youngest MPs in the 16th Lok Sabha. 

Said Biju Ramesh, AIADMK leader in Kerala, to THE WEEK: “I have not seen madam [Jayalalithaa]. But what I gather from my party sources in Tamil Nadu is that she is recovering fast and there is nothing to worry.” Rumours, he said, should be ignored. “Nothing will happen to madam. In a few days, she will be out of hospital for all to see.”

Ramesh said that Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan had sought an appointment to meet Jayalalithaa a few days ago, but it was denied. “I suppose madam would not have been in a mood to see anybody at that time. Also, she doesn’t know Radhakrishnan personally,” said Ramesh. 

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