To dispel any rumours regarding Jayalalithaa's health, AIADMK launched a social media campaign. The party tweeted a link where people could go and change their profile pictures on Twitter to say "My CM is fine" and "No more rumours", reported Hindustan Times.
“All is well with Puratchi Thalaivi Amma [revolutionary leader mother]” the official twitter handle of the party, @AIADMKofficial, said.
All is well with Puratchi Thalaivi Amma. Click this link, change your profile pic & put a full stop to rumours.https://t.co/mOwR6jaOWx
— AIADMK (@AIADMKOfficial) October 10, 2016
The Twitter campaign is in line with AIADMK's statement about Jayalalithaa's health, after having insisted on several occasions that the CM is fine, or "improving". Party spokesperson CR Saraswathi said, "Apollo Hospitals had clearly mentioned in the statement (on Thursday) the kind of good treatment being given to Amma (Jayalalithaa) and the good care being taken by doctors from AIIMS and London. This has put an end to all the questions about the treatment being given to her."
Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration. The latest bulletin issued by the hospital, on Saturday evening, said that "respiratory support was being closely watched and adjusted. Treatment was being continued to decongest her lungs, and all other comprehensive measures, including nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy, were being provided." According to Livemint, unlike previous reports, this one doesn't make any claims to Jayalalithaa's improving condition.
DMK on Friday sought an interim arrangement to "effectively" handle issues likes the Cauvery row till the time Jayalalithaa returns after treatment from the hospital.
"When Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital, medical bulletins said that she will be discharged in a few days. Now, they say that she has to stay longer, and under such circumstances the state is also facing several issues like Cauvery," DMK treasurer and Leader of Opposition in the Assembly, M K Stalin told reporters.
However, their demand for an interim CM failed to find support even from the key ally of DMK, the Congress.
DMK President M Karunanidhi had earlier urged the Tamil Nadu government to "put an end to rumours" regarding the health of the Chief Minister by providing proper information to the people, while wishing her a speedy recovery. He suggested that photographs of the Chief Minister be released through the media to quell any kind of rumours being circulated about her health. He was slammed for having made such a suggestion by CR Saraswathi.
According to NDTV, AIADMK was against the idea of appointing a Deputy Chief Minister or an interim head till Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's health is restored.
VIPs visitors, including Rahul Gandhi, were stopped from meeting her during their visits. Four police cases were filed against some individuals who misrepresented her illness by the AIADMK.
Last week, in a report by the Hindustan Times, specialists from AIIMS in Delhi were flown down to check on her, feeding rumours that her internal organs were damaged. Along with the three-member team from AIIMS, British doctor Richard John Beale had examined her. Jayalalithaa has a history of diabetes and bronchitis.
A stream of visitors, including Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and Governor P Sathasivam, on Monday, visited Apollo Hospitals. Political leaders, including Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, on Sunday, visited the hospital, while special prayers were held for her good health across Tamil Nadu.
After observing ritualistic stipulations for days, a massive "milk pot" procession was taken out in Madurai by AIADMK workers and supporters in which a sizable number of women cadres participated. The procession began from Saravana Poigai tank and culminated at the Subramania Swamy temple in Tiruparankundram where the milk carried in pots was used for worship by them.
With inputs from agencies