Chennai, Oct 13: The medical condition of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is the biggest "political issue" plaguing the southern state.
If the ruling AIADMK is maintaining outmost secrecy about Jayalalithaa's health, as the CM is undergoing treatment in a Chennai hospital since September 22, the opposition party, DMK is allegedly trying to cash in on political points over the situation.
On Wednesday, a bitter political war of words started between the rival parties when AIADMK called DMK supremo M Karunanidhi an "illiterate", who is desperate to rule Tamil Nadu.
The ruling party is upset as the DMK is demanding to appoint an interim Chief Minister following incumbent Jayalalithaa's deteriorating health condition.
According to a report published by The Indian Express, senior AIADMK leader Ponnaiyan said, "As far as DMK is concerned, DMK headed by Karunanidhi is always vindictive in its approach. It is a self-centered political party, a political party for his own family."
"Karunanidhi doesn't know the law. Karunanidhi wants to rule Tamil Nadu or anything he wants to do, above law, without law, by breaking the law, which is his approach. Even if a judge gives a correct statement, if it goes against him, Karunanidhi won't be hesitant to accuse, to scold and insinuate the judiciary to the maximum extent, unmindful of the consequences. He is illiterate, so he takes law into his hands," he added.
Regarding the allocation of portfolios held by Jayalalithaa to Finance Minister O Paneerselvam, Ponnaiyan said arrangements were made according to the Chief Minister's wishes.
Poonaiyan added, "According to the Constitution of India, no acting Chief Minister can be appointed, no in-charge Chief Minister can be appointed. What is being arranged for our Chief Minister is followed subject to the prevailing situation in the state."
Amma (as the CM is popularly known to her fans) is undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospital at Greams Road, Chennai, since September 22. Supporters of Jayalalithaa are praying for her speedy recovery.