We all lied about Amma's health, says TN Forest Min

We all lied about Amma's health, says TN Forest Min

Addressing a gathering to mark late chief minister C.N. Annadurai's birth anniversary celebrations at Madurai on Friday night, Mr Sreenivasan "listed the lies" the ministers had made to the people during that period, like "Amma was having idli and chutni".

"We were not allowed to even see her in the hospital".

"We were afraid of Sasikala at that time and lied about Jayalalithaa's health condition. Like that, we all lied then so that the party's secret does not get leaked", he said. He pointed out that when Jayalalithaa was ill, Union Health Minister JP Nadda had visited her in Chennai.

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He also admitted that Sasikala imposed restrictions denying everyone from meeting the ailing CM and stated that prominent leaders like Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, BJP president Amit Shah and Governor Vidyasagar Rao were not allowed to meet Jayalalithaa. "This is truth", said Srinivasan as reported by Republic TV.

"You must think - whether it's a man or a woman, image how they would look after spending many days in the hospital, without bathing, without combing their hair, etc. Amma was 69 years old, so you can imagine how she looked after so many days in the hospital", he said. He also said that he would hand over the CCTV footage of the treatment if a probe was conducted.

Facing questions about these revelations while he was in Coorg to meet the disqualified MLAs from his camp, ousted deputy general secretary and the pointsperson of the Sasikala faction, T T V Dhinakaran, said they were willing to face even a CBI probe into the matter. "Nobody else met her", he said. The decision of Sasikala to anoint her nephew TTV Dinakaran as Chief Minister and to make him contest from RK Nagar constituency which had been represented by Jayalalithaa strained the relations between Palaniswamy and the Sasikala family. Chief Minister Palaniswamy had ordered a probe by a retired High Court Judge into the causes leading to the hospitalisation and subsequent demise of Jayalalithaa, a demand put forward by Panneerselvam and his faction leaders.

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