J Jayalalithaa, Tamil Nadu chief minister, suffered a cardiac arrest this evening, hours after her party AIADMK spokespersons said that she was recovering and would be discharged soon. Soon after Apollo Hospitals issued a bulletin on Jayalalithaa’s health, wishes began to pour in on Twitter for her speedy recovery. President Pranab Mukherjee tweeted, “Distressed to hear about CM Jayalalithaa suffering a cardiac arrest, my prayers for her speedy recovery #PresidentMukherjee.” Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu also tweeted, saying, “Wishing #jayalalithaa Hon CM of TN a speedy recovery, Let her be healthy soon.” West Bangal Chief minister Mamata Banerjee also expressed her concerns over Jayalalithaa’s health, stating that she is praying for the Tamil Nadu CM’s speedy recovery. “Very concerned about the health of Jayalalitha Ji. Like my friends in Tamil Nadu, I am praying for her speedy recovery. May God bless her,” she tweeted.
Distressed to hear about CM Jayalalithaa suffering a cardiac arrest, my prayers for her speedy recovery #PresidentMukherjee
— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) December 4, 2016
Wishing #jayalalithaa Hon CM of TN a speedy recovery, Let her be healthy soon
— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) December 4, 2016
Deeply concerned about the recent news of Hon’ble CM of Tamil Nadu Jayalalithaa ji’s health condition. I pray for her speedy recovery.
— Sarbananda Sonowal (@sarbanandsonwal) December 4, 2016
Very concerned about the health of Jayalalitha Ji. Like my friends in Tamil Nadu, I am praying for her speedy recovery. May God bless her
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) December 4, 2016
In a statement, Apollo Hospitals said, “The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu who is undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road, Chennai, suffered a cardiac arrest this evening. She is being treated and monitored by a team of experts including cardiologists, pulmonologist and the critical care specialists.” Jayalalithaa’s supporters outside the hospital broke down after hearing the news, ANI reported. Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao after the news. Union Health Minister JP Nadda spoke to Apollo Chairman and enquired about her health. Reports also suggest that security has been beefed up in the state.
AIADMK’s official Twitter handle tweeted, “Puratchi Thalaivi Amma suffered a cardiac arrest this evening, Amma is being treated & her health is being monitored by experts.” The news comes as a shock since AIADMK spokespersons had said that Jayalalithaa has recovered and would soon be discharged and resume duties. An AIIMS expert team had confirmed that Jayalalithaa had completely recovered after over two months of hospitalisation, AIADMK had said. “The AIIMS doctors visited the hospital yesterday and after examining her (Jayalalithaa’s) health, they shared the good news with us that Amma (meaning mother as Jayalalithaa is fondly called by AIADMK cadres) has completely recovered,” PTI reported party spokesperson C Ponnaiyan as saying.