Call it sympathy pains perhaps, but after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospitals a month back (on 22 September, to be precise), after she complained of fever and dehydration, now it's the DMK patriarch who has fallen sick.
M Karunanidhi has developed an allergy, reports The Hindu, and has been advised rest. The Hindu report quotes a press release issued by the DMK, which said that the DMK chief developed an allergy because of one of the medicines that he regularly took.
Earlier today, the DMK had called for an all-party meet, convened by Karunanidhi's son MK Stalin. The ruling AIADMK, the BJP, the Left parties as well as the DMDK of Vijayakanth and the MDMK led by Vaiko kept away from the meeting held at the DMK headquarters. Stalin said it was vital to present a united face of Tamil Nadu to the Central government.
Jayalalithaa, who has been recently received by visitors including Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, eminent scientist MS Swaminathan and Congress party spokesperson Kushboo Sundar, has been recovering well and responding positively to treatment, according to Apollo Hospitals.
Rao's visit, the second this month, comes a day after the hospital announced that Jayalalithaa, admitted on 22 September after she complained of fever and dehydration, was interacting and progressing gradually.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Police arrested eight people for spreading rumours about her health. More than 50 people have cases registered against them for spreading rumours or "even talking about Jayalalithaa’s health in public platforms", says this report in The Week.
O Panneerselvam subsequently took over Jayalalithaa's portfolios, stepping up to the task for the third time in his career.
Karunanidhi had earlier suggested that Jayalalithaa's photographs be released to squash rumours being circulated about her health. "Some persons are spreading unwanted rumours about her health on the social media and to put an end to these, proper information about the Chief Minister's health must be made available to the people," he said in a statement.
With inputs from agencies
Updated Date: Oct 25, 2016 17:42 PM