Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, hospitalised last month, is undergoing lung decongestion as well as other “comprehensive measures” and continues to be under constant monitoring , Apollo Hospital said on Saturday.
“The respiratory support is closely watched and adjusted. Lungs decongestion treatment is being continued. All other comprehensive measures including nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy are underway,” the hospital said in its latest health bulletin.
Apollo Hospital had already declared that her treatment would warrant her stay in the hospital for a longer duration. Her prolonged absence from office at a time when the state is grappling with several important issues, notably the Cauvery water dispute with Karnataka, opposition parties have said was not acceptable.
“A situation like this (absence of chief minister) cannot be prolonged and there ought to be an arrangement that the ruling party needs to work out,” said Prof Ramu Manivannan of the Madras University.
The summoning of the chief secretary and two senior ministers by the governor is being viewed as a development aimed at bringing about a change in the administrative machinery so that work of the Tamil Nadu government does not suffer.
A Raj Bhavan press statement said the governor enquired about the affairs of state administration and that the chief secretary briefed on these issues.
In political circles, however, speculation was rife if the ruling AIADMK would like to go in for a stop-gap deputy chief minister or a minister in-charge to discharge the duties of the chief minister till her return after complete recovery.
The AIADMK party has officially ruled out any need for an interim chief minister or any other arrangement. Party spokesperson CR Saraswathi said there was no need for such a step, legally or otherwise.
The 68-year-old chief minister was admitted to the corporate hospital on September 22, after she complained of fever and dehydration.
Among others, Tamil Nadu governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Union minister Pon Radhakrishnan and MDMK founder Vaiko had visited the hospital.
DMK legislative party leader MK Stalin also visited Apollo Hosptial to check in on chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s health. Accompanied by two senior party colleagues he went to the hospital, met the doctors and finance minister O Panneerselvam and later told media persons that he hoped the chief minister will recover soon and resume her work.