The DMK leader says there is too much ambiguity over Jayalalithaa’s death

Stalin says Apollo and AIIMS should make details of Jayalalithaas treatment publicFacebook/File Photo
news Jayalalithaa Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 15:53

Did Jayalalithaa receive adequate treatment? Why did she die suddenly after claims that she was doing well? These are questions that have been raised by many including actor Gauthami.

Now DMK leader MK Stalin too has echoed the same thoughts.

Ten days after the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in Apollo hospital, DMK treasurer and opposition leader MK Stalin has demanded a white paper on Jayalalithaa's medical treatment. 

He also asked the centre to make the team of doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to issue a white paper on how they treated the former Chief Minister.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Stalin demanded that all details of the treatment given to Jayalalithaa should be made public. 

He also said, “I do not wish to politicise this issue and DMK also does not wish to do so. She was not an ordinary person.  It is painful that she has passed away. Even when she was in the hospital and though we were told that she was recovering, we had been asking for details about her medical treatment,” he said.

Talking about former chief ministers Annadurai and MG Ramachandran, he said, “When Annadurai was in hospital, the health minister used to release information about his health. Even when MGR was in the hospital, health minister Hande used to give out information about his treatment. But when Jayalalithaa was in the hospital, both government and the health minister did not give out any information. Only Apollo hospital gave out some information. There were also difference in all the releases that came out,” he said.

He also said, “Many in the media had been reporting about her medical treatment, many from film industry have been raising questions about her treatment, a PIL has also been filed in the Supreme Court, PMK leader Ramadoss has also asked for a white paper; under such circumstances government should release information about Jayalalithaa’s medical treatment.”  

Criticising the government for its efforts during Cyclone Vardah, he said, “Since government departments and the corporation have not fully engaged themselves in the rehabilitation work, even after 72 hours, people are suffering without being able to return to their normal life. The state govt has set aside Rs. 500 crores for relief measures - will this be enough? Definitely not.”

He added that government officials, other political parties and social organizations must come together, form teams and help people affected by the cyclone.

Highlighting the huge number of trees that fell during the cyclone, he said, “More than a lakh trees have fallen, environment will be affected. The trees which have fallen on the houses must be immediately moved, the trees which fell on the roads must also be removed, workers from other districts must be brought in soon to help out. The government should also start planting more trees.”

He also added that he would like to meet the Chief Minister and appeal to him on behalf of the people affected due to Cyclone Vardah.