Tamil Nadu minister’s confession: ‘We all lied about Jayalalithaa’s death, no one really saw her’


Tamil Nadu minister, C Sreenivasan, has sought people’s apology while confessing that they had “lied” about the health condition of late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa when she was admitted in Apollo Hospital.

Speaking at a public meeting in Madurai, around 500 km from here, on Friday night Sreenivasan said, “We would have told lies that she (Jayalalithaa) had idlis and people met her. The truth is that nobody saw her.”

Sreenivasan said he was seeking apology from the people now for “those lies.”

Confessing that everyone in the government and in the ruling AIADMK party “lied about the people” who had met Jayalalithaa in Apollo Hospital, where she was admitted on September 22 last year, as reported by IANS.

Sreenivasan also made revelations that even the national leaders used to sit in Apollo Chief Pratap Reddy’s room and the AIADMK Ministers would also be seated in that room.

“We all lied then so that the party’s secret does not get leaked,” Sreenivasan said.

He said “nobody met Jayalalithaa in her hospital room”.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was admitted to Chennai’s Apollo hospital on the night of September 22 and died in the hospital on December 5. The periodic information from the government and the hospital about her health condition was limited.

The only communication about her health condition shared was that she was on the road to recovery and was doing fine.

He said it was only V.K. Sasikala, a close aide and confident of Jayalalithaa for several years who would meet Jayalalithaa.

V.Dinakaran, nephew of Sasikala has reacted saying that even Sasikala was not allowed inside Jayalalithaa’s room after 1 October, 2016. He added that only on the instruction of doctors, would Sasikala go inside Jayalalithaa’s room for barely two minutes.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami had announced the government’s decision to set up an inquiry commission to be headed by a retired High Court judge to dig deep into the real facts of the death of Jayalalithaa.

Ever since the former CM’s death, there have been various reports of hinting towards a foul play over her death where some critics have directly pointed fingers at the now jailed Sasikala.