Expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa on Monday demanded a CBI inquiry into circumstances that resulted in Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa falling ill.
“CM Jayalalithaa, who was doing well, fell sick all of a sudden. A proper inquiry must be done into her health condition, which deteriorated suddenly. It should be found out that whether she fell sick naturally or was forced to become sick,” the expelled Rajya Sabha MP said in a press conference.
Jayalalithaa is constantly being monitored by Intensivists and consultants as necessary respiratory support, antibiotics, nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy are being given to her, said the Apollo Hospital management in its official statement on Monday.
“The Honourable Chief Minister continues to be under treatment at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai. The Honourable Chief Minister is being constantly monitored by the Intensivists and the other Consultants in the Expert Panel,” the statement read.
Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration.
Pushpa has also demanded an inquiry into the CM’s close aide Sasikala Natarajan’s income and properties.
“In the name of the CM, Sasikala is controlling all the officers in the state and trying to gain power within the party and the state machinery,” Pushpa said.
She said the party was in dire straits. “Tamil Nadu is without a leader. We are like a child who lost its mother. People around the CM is trying to take advantage of this situation,” she said.
In a letter to Tamil Nadu governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, the MP said she fears “some people” around CM might forge her signature to nominate a deputy general secretary in her absence.
She also asked the governor to verify Jayalalithaa’s signature “if any official communication came from her or any other person in this or any other regard”.
With inputs from agencies