DMK's M.K. Stalin, Leader of Opposition in Tamil Nadu Assembly, on Monday criticised Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa for not expressing even words of comfort to people suffering cash crunch but focussing on their votes instead.
Citing the AIADMK leader's statement that it was a re-birth for her, Stalin recalled that he had visited the Apollo Hospitals and enquired about her health and wished her full recovery. He also alleged efforts were made to divert the attention of AIADMK cadre, if the statement had been issued on Jayalalithaa's name.
A statement in the first week of November said Jayalalithaa had "fully recovered" and was now "conscious and aware of things around her". "Her discharge depends upon her". "I request the party cadres to work hard to make AIADMK win in these elections in a huge margin", added Amma.
Apollo Hospitals Chairman Prathap C Reddy recently said that the Chief Minister had recovered and a decision on her discharge had not been taken as yet. "The team is working towards that", he said.
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"Her demise is a irreplaceable loss to AIADMK", she said in a party statement.
Jayalalithaa had recently affixed her left thumb impression on Form-B with regard to the poll nomination papers for the three constituencies. Later, the hospital had said she was being treated for an infection with respiratory support, among others, by doctors including specialists from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, and from London.
Although statements and letters to the Prime Minister bearing Jayalalithaa's signature have been issued to the media in the past, most government and party press releases issued in her name of late have not carried it.
Last month, Governor Rao had handed over the charge of the eight ministries the Chief Minister supervised to Finance Minister O Panneerselvam and authorised him to chair cabinet meetings.