Forest minister Dindigul C Sreenivasan has yet again dropped a bombshell in the politics of Tamil Nadu. The minister, who last week claimed that VK Sasikala’s family was responsible for Jayalalithaa’s death, said he was under pressure to lie about the ex CM’s death. “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,” Sreenivasan was quoted as saying by India Today.
The minister said even Rahul Gandhi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, BJP president Amit Shah and Governor Vidyasagar Rao were also not allowed to meet her, as per India Today. “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 on the floor where she was kept,” he claimed, according to the report.
Defending VK Sasikala, TTV Dhinakaran said after October 1, his aunt (Sasikala) was also suggested not go near Jayalalithaa fearing infection. He said, “Governor also met her. And saw her condition…These ministers are changing their stand for power and money, ” as per India Today.
Earlier in February this year, a delegation of AIADMK MPs with leader O Panneerselvam met former President Pranab Mukherjee and sought a probe into the circumstances surrounding the death of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. The 12 MPs delegation, led by Rajya Sabha member V. Maithreyan, had submitted a memorandum in this regard to the President at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Late Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo hospital on September 22, 2016. She was a popular leader who showered the poor with populist programmes and a pole in state politics for three decades. She died on 5th December last year.