Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa was shifted from the critical care unit (CCU) to a private ward of Apollo Hospital in Chennai after a marked improvement in her health, leaders of her AIADMK party said on Saturday.
AIADMK leaders distributed sweets outside the hospital and many danced as the news spread. Spokesperson CR Saraswathi said: “Today is our Deepavali. Our happiness knows no bounds. She will come home very soon.”
It is, however, not yet clear how long Jayalalithaa would have to stay in the hospital.
The CM was hospitalised on September 22 after she complained of high fever and dehydration. Initial press releases from the hospital failed to throw any light on the exact nature of her ailment, creating further confusion and resulting in the spread of wild rumours.
She has won another battle --- a long battle of 59 days --- and came out triumphant, said an AIADMK leader.
Outside the hospital, Hundreds of party workers chanted slogans of “amma vazhaga, amma vazhga (long live amma, long live amma)”.
The hospital informed the media on Friday that the 68-year-old AIADMK supremo had ‘recovered completely’, and the facility still kept her in CCU ‘to keep her infection-free’. Apollo Hospital chairman Pratap C Reddy reiterated that the ‘honourable chief minister is declared fit’ and she can return home anytime she wants to.
A team of doctors from different specialties, including three specialists from Delhi-based AIIMS and a multi-organ specialist from London, attended to her.
“She has received the best possible medical treatment,” Reddy said.
AIADMK leaders -- former finance minister C Ponnaian and Saraswathi -- expressed gratitude to the hospital staff for taking good care of “honourable Amma.”
On November 13, in the first official statement to carry her signature after her illness, Jayalalithaa said she took rebirth and appealed to the voters of the state and Puducherry to support the AIADMK in by-elections.
Three constituencies in Tamil Nadu --- Aravakurichi, Thanjavur, and Thiruparakkundram --- as well as one in Puducherry went to polls on Saturday.