For the first time since her hospitalisation Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa issued a statement addressing people and party workers on Sunday. Within minutes of the statement being issued, speculations were raised about it.
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The AIADMK took to its Twitter account to release what they called J Jayalalithaa's statement from the hospital. Typed in Tamil, the letter neither had the Chief Minister's signature nor was typed in the party letterhead. Hours after questions were raised over the same, the party put out a fresh statement but this time on a letter head and the Chief Minister's signature.
"The first statement must have been put out in a hurry but I assure you that Amma has signed on it. As you already are aware, Prathap Reddy had said that she was well", said party spokesperson C R Saraswati to OneIndia.
J Jayalalithaa's signature in the second statement copy released by the AIADMK has given rise to speculation as well since it varies greatly from her signature on official documents including the affidavait that was submitted to the election commission during the previous assembly polls of Tamil Nadu as recently as April this year.
"Amma has signed in Tamil. It is her signature. Doctors from London have said she is recovering. They can't be politiking over this. Most people within the party weren't aware of such a statement coming out. I was also surprised but people and party workers alike are happy to hear from Amma. The letter came directly from Apollo", said the spokesperson.
The DMK, however, has questioned the timing of the statement and has accused the AIADMK only caring about votes. "AIADMK thinks it is enough to care about people's vote than their welfare. Or is this being released as a last resort to win the elections?", asked DMK Treasurer M K Stalin.