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AIADMK MPs meet President, seek probe into Jayalalithaa’s death

LiveMint logoLiveMint 28-02-2017 Dharani Thangavelu

Chennai: The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) MPs led by V. Maitreyan, from former chief minister O. Panneerselvam’s camp, on Tuesday met President Pranab Mukherjee and demanded a probe into late chief minister J. Jayalalithaa’s death.

“There are many doubts among the AIADMK followers over Jayalalithaa’s death. As the Tamil Nadu government will not accept our demand, we have submitted a memorandum to the President,” Maitreyan said after meeting the President.

The 12 MPs— 10 Lok Sabha and two Rajya Sabha members—met the President.

Jayalalithaa who was admitted to treat fever and dehydration on 22 September last year spent 75 days at Apollo hospital in Chennai and was declared dead on 5 December.

The MPs who had raised concerns over the treatment given to Jayalalithaa said that nobody could visit Jayalalithaa during her hospitalization.

Panneerselvam who had rebelled against Jayalalithaa’s companion V.K. Sasikala on 7 February and claimed that he was forced to quit from his chief minister’s post too had earlier said no one except Sasikala was allowed to meet Jayalalithaa.

Within hours after Jayalalithaa’s death, Panneerselvam was made chief minister and on 31 December, Sasikala was elected as the general secretary of the party.

Two months after Jayalalithaa’s death and a day after it was announced that Sasikala would become the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, a team of doctors who attended to Jayalalithaa, addressed a press conference on 6 February organized by the Tamil Nadu government to dispel the secrecy over her hospitalization and death.

However, with Sasikala being convicted in the disproportionate assets case, Edappadi K Palaniswami was made the chief minister on 16 February.

Doctors said Jayalalithaa had sepsis— an infection with serious consequences— and died of a cardiac arrest. “Sepsis can affect quickly and a person can fall sick within hours. Bacterial infection was the underlying problem,” said Dr. Richard Beale, the UK-based intensivist who was treating Jayalalithaa. He also added that her condition had improved initially and she was interacting.

Earlier, on Sunday, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) working president and opposition leader M.K. Stalin had criticised Panneerselvam for his silence over the secrecy had questioned the initiatives taken by Panneerselvam to investigate the issue when he was chief minister.

“Only after he was denied the chief minister’s chair— two months after Jayalalithaa’s death— did Panneerselvam decide to go on meditation in media limelight and declared that there was a mystery in Jayalalithaa’s death,’’ said Stalin.

On Saturday, police arrested nutritionist Rama Seetha in Chennai on charges of spreading rumors, for claiming that the late chief minister had no pulse when she was admitted to the hospital.

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