Within days of the passing away of Jayaraman Jayalalithaa, the six-time chief minister of Tamil Nadu, some of her loyalists have expressed their doubts and suspicions about the reasons which led to her untimely and unexpected demise. Though the authorities of Apollo Hospitals issued the first release about Jayalalithaa’s health on September 23 stating that she has been admitted to the hospital the previous night (September 22) because of fever and dehydration, the fact remains that Jayalalithaa was brought to the hospital in an unconscious state and that too in an ambulance. It is rare to hear that a patient suffering from fever and dehydration would be taken to the hospital in an ambulance. This convenient lie stands out in the backdrop of the fact that Jayalalithaa always preferred her Toyota Prado to travel anywhere in the city.
But investigations by Team PGurus have led us to some strange truths.
There may soon be a high-pitched demand from AIADMK leaders themselves for a comprehensive investigation into the reasons and factors which led to the death of Jayalalithaa. But investigations by Team PGurus have led us to some strange truths. Jayalalithaa, who was also the general secretary of the AIADMK, was sick for more than a month and the people who were responsible for taking care of her did not bother to take her to a hospital. “The former chief minister’s last public function was the 2016 Independence Day parade at Fort Saint George in Chennai. She was looking very sick, weak and fragile during the entire programme. We had a fear that she may fall down any time even as the parade was in progress,” a senior AIADMK functionary confided to Team PGurus.
The fact that Jayalalithaa was sick during the Independence Day parade was confirmed by a senior staff of Doordarshan Kendra, Chennai which telecast the parade ‘live’. “If you have any doubt, please watch the recordings of the parade. The chief minister was seriously ill on that day and she had major difficulty in walking even a step,” said the official.
Intelligence officials too confirmed the doubts expressed by the AIADMK leader and the Doordarshan personnel. “It is true. We thought that she may be hospitalized immediately after the parade. But it took another 40 days for the people who were supposed to look after Jayalalithaa to take her to the hospital,” said one of the senior intelligence officials in Chennai.
The intelligence wings of both the State and Centre, keeping track of various events in the State, did not give much importance to the naked truth that the chief minister was unwell on Independence Day.
If the statements made by the party’s spokespersons were to be believed, Jayalalithaa was literally ruling Tamil Nadu from the hospital.
Since Jayalalithaa was hospitalised on September 22 due to fever and dehydration, a section of the AIADMK leadership went on filing cases against all those who expressed their doubt in the social media over the veracity of the claims made by the hospital management and the party’s spokespersons. If the statements made by the party’s spokespersons were to be believed, Jayalalithaa was literally ruling Tamil Nadu from the hospital.
“She had converted a secretariat into a hospital. Now she has converted a hospital into the secretariat,” said a comment in the social media as people in the state were fed up with the stale statements parroted by party spokespersons that all was well with the Jayalalithaa. None of these spokespersons or the senior AIADMK leaders have seen Jayalalithaa even once since September 22. The only person who was with Jayalalithaa throughout the period of her hospitalisation was Sasikala Natarajan, her live-in companion at Veda Nilayam , the Poes Garden residence of Jayalalithaa.
An official who witnessed Jayalalithaa flagging off the Chennai Metro Rail Services from Little Mount Station to Airport in Chennai on September 22, said he was appalled at the health status of the chief minister. “Her hands were shaking and she was shivering while holding the remote control for unveiling the plaque to mark the beginning of the service,” said the official. Since the AIADMK administration running the show in the absence of the Chief Minister had terrorized the people by slapping criminal defamation cases, no one is willing to come forward to testify.
Why did the people who were looking after the health of the chief minister delay in taking her to the hospital? She should have been taken to the hospital straight from the Independence Day parade,” said a senior political commentator.
Even as the reasons which led to the untimely death of Jayalalithaa is doing the rounds, a controversy on the fate of her assets has started.
Even as the reasons which led to the untimely death of Jayalalithaa is going the rounds, a controversy on the fate of her assets has started. According to the affidavit submitted by Jayalalithaa in her nomination paper for the 2016 assembly election from RK Nagar constituency in Chennai, the former chief minister has property worth Rs 118.58 crore. This includes the imposing Veda Nilayam, built in an area of 24,000 sq ft in the posh Poes Garden locality, 14.5 acres of farmland near Hyderabad, 3.43 acres of land in Kancheepuram, and the Kodanadu Retreat in the Western Ghats which is said to be of 800 acres. Whether Jayalalithaa has left a will or not is also not being announced by the party leadership. The contenders of the will, if any, are the Sasikala clan, Deepa Jayakumar and Dipak, children of Jayalalithaa’s late brother Jayakumar.