The swearing-in of J Jayalalithaa as Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister remains a mystery, with the AIADMK rubbishing claims that the party leader will be sworn in on May 23.
“A television channel did not carry my full statement resulting in a lot of confusion. I had clearly said that the swearing in of Amma (Jayalalithaa) as chief minister on May 23 is not yet confirmed”, party spokesperson C.R. Saraswathi told IANS.
“Only J. Jayalalithaa can decide if she will be Tamil Nadu’s chief minister again”, he added.
“What she said was that she would meet AIADMK legislators on Friday morning. The same day, Jayalalithaa would pay floral tributes at the statues of the party’s founder M.G. Ramachandran, DMK founder C.N. Annadurai and DK founder E.V. Ramaswamy”, the spokesperson said.
Though the agenda for the Friday meeting of legislators is not known, it is widely believed that Jayalalithaa may be elected leader of the AIADMK legislature party.
With the resignation of P. Vetrivel, a party legislator from Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency here, the AIADMK strength in the 234-seat assembly comes down by one to 150, excluding the speaker.
While these developments indicate that Jayalalithaa is all gearing up to become the chief minister again, there is no official confirmation.
Recently, Jayalalithaa had lost her chief minister’s post and assembly (Srirangam constituency) seat after she was convicted by a trial court in Bengaluru for holding assets disproportionate to her known sources of income.
The Karnataka High Court had upheld her appeal against the conviction and acquitted her.
OPS was the first top AIADMK leader to allege that no one was allowed access to Amma.
Ministers and party leaders had various version of the scenario.
Following all this, an inquiry commission was set up to probe the matter.
On Friday, Apollo Hospitals submitted two suitcases packed with documents related to the treatment given to J. Jayalalithaa to an inquiry commission set up to probe her death. The commission was also set up to investigate the circumstances that led to Jayalalithaa’s hospitalization and her treatment.
The commission, headed by retired high court judge Justice Arumugasamy, followed by several ministers and party members alleged that they were not allowed to meet the AIADMK chief while she was in the hospital.
V.K. Sasikala’s advocate Raja Senthurapandian has been ordered by the panel to appear before it on 22nd January.
After O Panneerselvam alleged that ‘there’s more’ to Jayalalithaa’s death, what followed was a mirage of statements from several party leaders and ministers. The various version came up regarding the scenario of Amma’s treatment.
Opposition DMK had demanded a CBI inquiry.
O Panneerselvam was the first top AIADMK leader to allege that there’s more to the death of Amma. All of it wasn’t made public, he said. OPS also said he wasn’t allowed to meet Jayalalithaa.
The inquiry commission was set up after the AIADMK merger of EPS and OPS factions.
The inquiry was a pre-condition for the merger set by OPS. This was seen as to move to target Sasikala as she was the only one who was allowed access to Amma, at the hospital.
Panneerselvam had also accused Sasikala of ‘forcing him’ to resign when he was the acting Chief Minister. The picture which came up was, Sasikala is trying to assume power.
The inquiry commission was lost in a maze of contradictions as various ministers had various versions of Jayalalithaa’s treatment at Apollo Hospital.
Forest Minister Dindigul Sreenivasan: Sasikala’s family manipulated Jayalalithaa’s treatment and also prevented access to VIP visitors like Arun Jaitley and Rahul Gandhi. This was done to ensure so that the truth about her hospitalization doesn’t come out. Only Sasikala and her family had access to Amma. Even the ministers weren’t allowed.
Tourism Minister Vellamandi N. Natarajan:He repeated the charge. “The truth is that none of us saw Jayalalithaa during that period of hospitalization. We only saw her body when it was brought out of the hospital lift on December 4 night.” said the minister.
Whereas Cooperation Minister Sellur K. Raju differed on the matter. “All of us, ministers, saw Jayalalithaa when she was undergoing treatment at Apollo. This is the truth,” he said.
P Vetrivel, a disqualified MLA from Dinakaran’s camp had released a video in December last year which show Amma resting on her hospital bed and sipping fruit juice while watching TV. He said it’s untrue that no one met Jayalalithaa during her treatment days. Dinakaran claims the video was shot by Sasikala herself.