Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa Jayaraman suffered a cardiac arrest Sunday evening and is under critical care in Apollo hospital in Chennai where she was admitted almost three months ago for respiratory trouble.
Thousands of Jayalalithaa or Amma supporters, as she is popularly known, have surrounded the hospital where she is being treated. More than 1,000 security personnel have been deployed to the site.
A hospital spokesman on Monday said she underwent had surgery and was improving, but remained in “grave” condition.
The central government is co-ordinating with the state government to keep the situation under control and prevent any untoward incidents, according to the Indian media.
Nine companies of rapid action force have already been dispatched to the state Sunday night itself and the home ministry is monitoring the situation on a real time basis.
“I am in regular touch with TN Governor,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh told CNN-News18.
Other security forces have been put on standby and the state itself has the whole police force on high alert with all senior officials instructed to report full force to their respective stations and districts.
MoS home, Kiren Rijiju clarified, “The practice is if there is a situation in the state and the state find themselves inadequate to maintain the law and order situation, then the Centre is always willing to send extra forces. It is our primary duty to ensure that the state is being helped in all possible ways they require. But we cannot intervene on our own.”
Meanwhile, Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu said he spoke to Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Secretary and enquired about Jayalalithaa’s health.
The 68-year-ol chief minister was a famous acting star before entering politics and has had four stints as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu. The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party leader has a cult following among her followers. Her critical condition is of grave concern for the state and the central government.