Day 13: Jayalalithaa Supporters Offer Prays, Throng Temples, Pierce Cheeks

A supporter with her child in front of AIADMK Supremo Jayalalitha's poster. (IANS)

File Photo: A supporter with her child in front of AIADMK Supremo Jayalalitha’s poster. (IANS)

As Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa is undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospitals for the 13th day, no bulletin was issued and the administration is likely to inform the Madras High Court on Thursday to clear the doubts persisting all over.

Despite restrictions outside the hospital, hundreds of AIADMK supporters have been seen outside along the road while many women and children are flocking temples and performing rituals varying from eating on the floor of the temple to piercing the cheeks of kids praying for Jayalalithaa’s recovery. Even AIADMK spokesperson CR Saraswathi, was seen eating ‘Man sooru’ (eating food from floor).

All those who had benefitted from Jayalalithaa’s pro-poor policies are the ones who are moved by the ill-health of the people’s chief minister unlike the cadre-based opposition parties in the state. DMK in its typical posture has asked who is running the state government and alleged that there is no government in Tamil Nadu.

In one disturbing incident in Salem, a retired head constable attempted self-immolation in front of the collector’s office in the city on Monday morning and was rushed to hospital where he is reported to be recovering and out of danger. In another incident one supporter reportedly died of heart attack on hearing the news that Jayalalithaa was hospitalised.


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