"Our doctors are closely monitoring Hon'ble CM's condition and they are trying their very best", Sangita Reddy, Joint Managing Director of Apollo Hospitals, tweeted. In a statement here, Dr Beale said "I have been keeping in close touch with her situation at Apollo, and had, like everyone else, been most encouragedby how well she had been doing". However, she continues as the chief minister and Paneerselvam will also preside over cabinet meetings.
At the AIADMK headquarters in Chennai, the party flag was brought down to half-mast. Amma fans are requested to stay calm and pray for her speedy recovery. The police, media persons and thousands of AIADMK cadres have been staying on overnight anxiously waiting for good news about the beloved leader.
Soon after knowing her cardiac arrest, information was passed to the higher officials and minister, a senior official said "Five ministers, including Finance Minister O Panneerselvam, were already in Chennai".
Following the much loved politician's critical health, the state authorities have stepped up security arrangements. Born in 1948, Jayalalithaa started her career as an actress in South Indian films.
One year later in 1965, she appeared opposite MG Ramachandran (MGR) who was former Tamil Nadu chief minister. Her party said she was involved in taking government decisions and also speaking on occasion to those who were allowed to meet her. "Doctors say 'don't worry, Amma will be fine.'" The hospital, however, did not confirm whether Jayalalithaa had undergone any such surgery.
Following the development, Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, who is also the Governor of Maharashtra, airdashed to the city from Mumbai and visited Apollo Hospitals on Sunday night. "Lakhs of AIADMK cadres, people of Tamil Nadu have been praying for her recovery", he said after inquiring about her health condition. He expressed the hope that she will get better very soon.