Chennai, October 2: As speculation over the health condition of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa continues to grow, rumours are spreading like wildfire over the internet. The AIADMK party and Apollo hospital Chennai, where Jayalalithaa is admitted, are visibly flustered in attempts to control the public narrative over the Chief Minister’s health. However, the Tamil Nadu public cannot be blamed for their attempts to enquire about their  beloved leader’s health. In the latest of such attempt, a photo of a woman lying on a ventilator is has been surfacing around the social media and Whatsapp. Some Twitterati claim that its, “AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa”, lying on a ventilator. On Saturday AIADMK spokesperson issued a statement saying that, the Chief Minister is recovering well and she will be discharged soon. On Karunanidhi asking for Jayalalithaa’s photo, the AIADMK party spokesperson had said “It is not necessary to release Jayalalithaa’s photo. We are answerable to people, not Opposition”. Also Read - Thalaivi Teaser Out: Kangana Ranaut, Arvind Swami as Jayalalithaa And MGR Bring Magic On Screen

The photo which has went viral on Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter shows a woman resting with her eyes closed in a hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) while connected to lots of tubes. There is absolutely no information on whether the image is authentic or not. Meanwhile, As per the bulletin released by Apollo Hospital on Friday, the condition of Jayalalithaa is gradually improving and she would be discharged. Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao on Saturday night visited Apollo hospital to check the condition of Jayalalithaa and said, “Happy to note that CM Jayalalithaa is recovering well”. The AIADMK party too claimed that Jayalalithaa is well on her way to recovery, however, they refused to release any  photo or video of Amma which was a chief demand of the opposition parties. ALSO READ – J Jayalalithaa is healthy, asserts AIADMK; UK doctor reportedly flown in
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Apollo hospital Chennai had also sent out reports that the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was examined by a specialist doctor from the UK on Friday. British doctor Richard John Beale who is a Consultant Intensivist at the London Bridge Hospital  examined Jayalalithaa in Apollo Hospitals Chennai.

The people in Tamil Nadu and the media, in particular, have their reservations on the health status of Jayalalithaa. Many fear that Jayalalithaa might, in fact, be dead already and attempts to cover up her death temporarily is simply to control public order. The leader enjoys extreme popularity in Tamil Nadu and there are fears that public order might be disrupted if the announcement of  her death is made. However, it must be noted that there is absolutely no confirmation of Amma’s passing away and it would be best if such rumours are kept away.

Jayalalithaa had been admitted to the Apollo hospital in Chennai ever since 22 of September. However, political opponents had even thought of another ingenious way to taunt “Amma” while she is sick. Their last weapon (before her photo on the ventilator) was Jayalalithaa’s Wikipedia page where they had set about editing the information in a bid to proclaim her dead!  (ALSO READ: LIVE – Jayalalithaa health condition: Rumours claim she is highly critical, Tamil Nadu Governor visits Apollo hospital)

In the midst of the ever-increasing Wikipedia war,  DMK President and former Chief Minister M.Karunanidhi announced on Friday that  the state government should put a stop to rumours about her medical condition . Karunanidhi also wished Jayalalithaa a speedy recovery and said, “Due to the keeping of Jayalalithaa’s health condition a closely-guarded secret, some people are spreading baseless rumours about her health condition,” Karunanidhi said in a statement here.

(Declaration: These images of have been circulating on social media platforms. India.com does not claim the authenticity of the images.)