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18 Mar 2018, Edition - 978, Sunday


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Jayalalithaa finalizes Cauvery strategy at hospital bedside meeting

Covai Post Network

Chief Minister summons key officials to Apollo hospital for a one-hour strategy meet to prepare for Thursday meeting with Karnataka head of executive to sort out Cauvery water sharing issue. She also deputes a team to attend the meeting on behalf of Tamil Nadu.

Chennai: Scotching all kinds of rumors about chief minister and AIADMK supremo’s health, J Jayalalithaa convened a meeting of senior officials to discuss the situation arising out of Supreme Court directives to both Tamil Nadu and Karnataka governments to sit down across the table and break the impasse.

Taking charge of the situation, Jayalalithaa sought all the details relating to the Supreme Court proceedings from the legal team and made an assessment of the situation and framed the response of the Tamil Nadu government at the proposed meeting to be held in Delhi on Thursday. As per the court directives the meetings of the executive heads of the two states are to meet along with union water resources ministry and settle the matter amicably.

Jayalalithaa deputed deputed Minister for Public Works, Highways and Minor Ports Department, Edapaddi K Palaniswami, the Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary, Public Works Department, S K Prabakar, and Chairman, Cauvery Technical Cell, R Subramaniam to attend the meeting on behalf the state. She understood all the implications of the SC orders and formulated the state strategy.

She also discussed the issues to be taken up by the state and finalized her speech to be delivered at the proposed meeting by the chief secretary, P Rama Mohana Rao. Present at the meeting were Chief Secretary P Rama Mohana Rao, Advocate General, R Muthukumaraswamy, Adviser to Government, Sheela Balakrishnan, senior CMO officials K N Venkataramanan and A Ramalingam.

Even as she took political and administrative decisions, even from her bedside at Appolo Hospital, outside her supporters and cadres continued to camp, praying for her good health and long life. All government activities carried on smoothly and political decisions taken without any loss of time.

But rumors were spreading thick and fast, about her health, which forced the officials and party functionaries to assert time and again that she was getting better.

Scotching all rumors and rubbishing them, party spokesperson CR Sarawathi said “Amma is all right and getting better. Just like we go to hospital for fever she has also gone. Doctors have said she is getting better and will be home soon. There is nothing to worry and only those who want to make mischief are spreading false rumors.”

The police has also warned severe punishment to anyone found spreading rumors about the health of chief minister.

The Appolo hospital too has declared that the chief minister was getting better and that she was under observation.