Two days after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jeyaram, 68, was admitted to the Apollo hospital in Chennai, a press release from the hospital says that the AIADMK chief is still “under observation” and has “normal diet”.
Though the medical bulletin says “fever and dehydration” as the reason for her illness, there was no word on when she would be discharged.
Meanwhile, rumours about Jayalalithaa being flown to Singapore for further treatment due to under-performing kidneys have been doing the rounds since Saturday morning. The AIADMK and the state government sources, however, maintain that the chief minister's health has improved and that she would not fly to any other country for further treatment.
“chief minister is recovering. The medical bulletin itself says she is taking normal diet and is under observation. So the news about her flying to Singapore spread through Whatsapp is a rumour,” says AIADMK spokesperson C.R. Saraswathi.
Adding fuel to the rumours, several unconfirmed reports say that her kidneys are under-performing, and that she is suffering from problem in the liver and uncontrollable diabetic level.
Sources close to Poes Garden say that Jayalalithaa has been put under oxygen and would recover soon. Outside the hospital and in various temples, AIADMK cadres are holding special prayers for her health. “Our Amma will come back home soon. Our prayers will save her,” says cadre Anjulakshmi, a party cadre.
Party leaders, ministers and cadres had sought divine intervention in 2014 also, when they held special pujas in temples across Tamil Nadu after Jayalalithaa was convicted in a disproportionate assets case and had to step down as chief minister.