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How did Jayalalithaa die? Year later, AIADMK leader says he lied about Amma's death

India Today logo India Today 23-09-2017 Pramod Madhav & P Priyamvatha

Late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo hospital on September 22 last year. Social media was abuzz with the Tamil Nadu citizens sharing messages about her.

Among them was Dindigul Sreenivasan, who last week courted controversy by saying that VK Sasikala's family was responsible for J Jayalalithaa's death.

Sreenivasan on Friday said that he had to lie about the late chief minister's death because of pressure.

India Tamil Nadu Chief Jayalalithaa Obituary - Dec 2016 © Solanki/Epa/REX/Shutterstock India Tamil Nadu Chief Jayalalithaa Obituary - Dec 2016

J Jayalalithaa was in hospital for 72 days, and for close to 65 days, the hospital management and party functionaries claimed that she was doing fine. They had also said that Amma was signing files and party related documents. There was also a government release that she conducted meetings with government officials on Cauvery issue.

C Sreenivasan debunked the government and hospital's version.

"We were compelled to lie about her health. Like many others, even I said that she was having idli and chutni just to make the people believe that she was doing fine. I had to do it to protect the party, stated Sreenivasan. He said that no matter who visited the hospital, they were not allowed to meet Jayalalitha which included Rahul Gandhi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, BJP President Amit Shah and even the State's Governor Vidyasagar Rao.

"When they came to the hospital, they were made to sit in the hospital owner, Pratap Reddy's room. Sasikala would come down and talk to them and they will return, that's all. No one was allowed into the floor where she was kept," he stated.

Replying to Sreenivasan was TTV Dhinakaran who came to VK Sasikala's defence saying, "My aunt Sasikala was also not able to see Amma after October 1 fearing infection. Governor also met her. And saw her condition. Do you mean to say he is lying? These ministers are changing their stand for power and money."

On October 1, AIADMK leader B Valarmathi had told the media that Amma was doing well.

It was only after October 1, that Apollo Hospital issued statements about Jayalalithaa's respiratory problem. But again on November 13, a signed letter by Amma was sent across to media, stating that she had had a rebirth thanks to the love of her people.

She then passed away on December 5, after suffering a cardiac arrest on December 4.

C Sreenivasan might have said this to point fingers at TTV Dhinakaran and VK Sasikala, but did not realise the questions that this statement of his will give rise to.

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