Is the health of Jayalalithaa an official secret?
Bengaluru, Oct 13: Is the health of the Tamil Nadu chief minister an official secret, the DMK asks. The DMK's patriach, M Karunanidhi has several times questioned why no leader is being allowed to meet the Chief Minister in the hospital.
On Wednesday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and BJP's national president Amit Shah had visited Apollo hospital. However, there is no clarity on whether they were allowed to meet the chief minister.
Sources indicate that like all other leaders, they too met with the doctors and some party workers who informed them that she was recovering. Both leaders took to their Twitter account to wish the TN Chief Minister a speedy recovery.
Visited Apollo hospital Chennai today. I wish J Jayalalithaa Ji, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu a speedy recovery.— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) October 12, 2016
Visited Apollo Hospital in Chennai to enquire about the health of Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa Ji. I wish and pray for her speedy recovery.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) October 12, 2016
In Tamil Nadu this issue is the talk of the town. There is palpable tension among the workers of the AIADMK, who wish the hospital was more forthcoming with the information.
On the other side, there are people who say that the hospital authorities face a tough task in this issue considering Jayalalithaa does have a fanatical set of supporters as well.
The medical bulletins
The only source of information in this case are the medical bulletins issued by the hospital. The other source is the AIADMK's spokesperson, C Saraswathi who regularly issues statements to the media. Her statements range from, "Amma is recovering" to "Amma is the one taking all the policy decisions from hospital."
The bulletins which began with stating that the Chief Minister is being treated for fever and dehydration, today speak about respiratory support and lungs decongestion.
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At times the medical bulletins are extremely similar and sometimes one can notice that lines are borrowed from earlier bulletins.
The last bulletin issued on October 8, reads, "The honourable chief minister continues to be under constant monitoring by the intensivists and the consultants in the panel. The respiratory support is closely watched and adjusted. Lungs decongestion treatment is being continued. All the other comprehensive measures including nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy are underway".
Some say that these bulletins do not convey anything. It only speaks of the treatment but never clearly about the status of the Chief Minister. Such bulletins have led to tongues wagging and also rumour mongering.
The rumour mongering has led to a police crack down which resulted in the arrest of nearly 43 persons.