AIADMK rejects 'white paper' demand on treatment given to Jayalalithaa

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) today rejected the demand for a 'white paper' on treatment given to late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.
Sasikala with Jayalalithaa's body
India TV Politics Desk Chennai December 17, 2016 19:07 IST

The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) today rejected the demand for a 'white paper' on treatment given to late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

The party said that the opposition parties making this demand are part of a "planned campaign" against Jayalalithaa’s  aide Sasikala who was being backed by senior party leaders as her political heir. 

"They are doing politics in Tamil Nadu for political gains. Doctors monitored Amma (Jayalalithaa). Specialists from Apollo Hospitals (where she was admitted), AIIMS doctors, Dr Richard Beale from London and those from Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore worked as a team," senior AIADMK leader and its spokesperson C Ponnaiyan said.

"Ramadoss is not the one who doesn't know it, Opposition Leader Stalin is not the one who is not aware of it." 

Such demands are coming amid growing chorus for Sasikala to take over the reins of the party, he said. 

There is no need to give credence to such demands for white paper, he said. 

Stalin and Ramadoss had yesterday sought a white paper on Jayalalithaa's medical treatment amid the succession issue in AIADMK following her demise. 

Party seniors including Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, AIADMK Propaganda Secretary and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambiudurai and a host of Minsters have already extended support to Sasikala's elevation as General Secretary, a post held by Jayalalithaa till her death. 

Ponnaiyan, speaking outside the Poes Garden residence where the late AIADMK supremo's "13th day" of her death was observed, showed a purported 1991 investment document of the former Chief Minister, wherein, he said, Jayalalithaa had mentioned Sasikala as the "nominee" in it. 

Jayalalithaa had made an investment of Rs seven lakh with a private firm and had mentioned her close confidante as "nominee" and "this can be suggested to show that she saw her (Sasikala) as her political heir then itself," Ponnaiyan asserted. 

"...There are no differences in the party and there are unanimous voices that Chinnamma is the conscience of Amma, much like she (Jayalalithaa) was the conscience of (AIADMK founder) MG Ramachandran," he said. 

He charged the opposition parties with carrying out an online campaign against Sasikala. 

Sasikala may not have responded to the calls to take over leadership of AIADMK but pleas in this regard keep mounting, Ponnaiyan said. 

On today's congregation of party MLAs and Ministers at Poes Garden, he said they had come to pay condolences at Jayalalithaa's "13th day" ceremony following her demise on December 5.

(With PTI inputs)

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