The Jayalalithaa case is getting murkier by the day with ministers coming up with varying accounts of her stay at the Apollo hospital. AIADMK leaders have been making contradictory statements about the ministers being allowed to meet ‘Amma’ at the hospital.
Initially it was Forest minister Dindigul Sreenivasan who launched a blistering attack on the Sasikala family by saying that they did not allow anybody to visit Jayalalithaa during her treatment at Apollo hospital.
He claimed that party leaders were afraid of Sasikala and lied about the health condition of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa so that people would continue to believe that she was recovering. He said that VIP visitors like Arun Jaitley, Governor Vidyasagar Rao and Rahul Gandhi were also refused to enter he chambers.
However, on Tuesday, September 26, cooperation minister Sellur K Raju said he and all other ministers had seen the former CM in hospital. Another minister Nilofer Kafeel said on Tuesday that she saw Jayalalithaa in a conscious state while she was being shifted out of the intensive care unit. She told reporters, "Amma was conscious. I saw her."
Ministers D Jayakumar and RB Udhayakumar probably realized the folly of the ministers and tried to go into damage-repair mode. "These are personal observations of ministers. Information should be presented before the inquiry commission," they said.
However, another minister OS Manian said that leaders of the ruling AIADMK did not see former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa at Chennai's Apollo Hospital before her death, stating that they were only briefed on her health by the hospital's chairman Prathap Reddy and the state's health secretary, J Radhakrishnan.
Commercial Taxes Minister KC Veeramani too spoke in much the same way as colleagues Sreenivasan even going a step further questioning why despite being her close friend, Sasikala had chosen not to take Amma for proper treatment abroad.
With so much confusion within the AIADMK only one man can solve the problem. Justice Arumughaswamy. The Justice A. Arumughaswamy Commission set up to probe her death. But it may be an uphill task since the team will have to navigate through this maze of contradictions.