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AIADMK Responds to Speculation on Jaya's Health, Says She is Recovering

Poornima Murali | CNN-News18

First published: October 1, 2016, 5:25 PM IST | Updated: October 1, 2016
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AIADMK Responds to Speculation on Jaya's Health, Says She is Recovering
File photo of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. (Reuters)

Amid speculation about Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s health, leaders of the ruling AIADMK on Saturday said she was responding to treatment and will soon "return home."

"Jayalalithaa is recovering well. Hope she will be discharged shortly. Why should we bother about rumours?" party spokesperson Panruti S Ramachandran said seeking to address concerns about her health. Former state minister B Valarmathi also made similar reassuring statements.

On Friday night, Dr. Richard John Beale from the London Bridge hospital entered the Apollo Hospitals facility on Greams Road, triggering another round of fresh speculation. While multiple sources confirmed his entry, there has not been any official word on his involvement in medical treatment. Sources at Apollo Hospital neither denied nor confirmed his presence.

Party spokesperson Ramachandran however said, "Dr Richard from London has started treatment. We are satisfied. Anyone can fall sick. Even Hillary Clinton fell sick. Only doctors can give the right picture."

Responding to DMK chief M Karunanidhi's demand that the government release pictures of Jayalalithaa to end speculation about her health, party leaders said they are answerable to the public and not to the Opposition.

Apollo had issued a medical bulletin on Thursday saying she has been "responding well" to treatment and has been advised to stay in hospital for a few more days. The hospital will issue its next medical bulletin by Saturday evening.

The party in fact has filed four police cases against people who commented on Jayalalithaa’s health over social media. A popular social media user Tamizhachi, who had put out a speculative Facebook post on Jayalalithaa’s health, was later booked under three sections, including one for promoting enmity between different groups.

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