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Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa recovering, is conscious: Journalist

KV Lakshmana, Chennai: A senior journalist said on Monday Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa was out

of danger and recovering amid a storm of rumours about the AIADMK chief’s health since she was hospitalized more than a week ago.
Former editor of the Hindu, Malini Parthasarathy, told HT that a close associate had met Jayalalithaa and said that the CM was conscious.
“She’s required for the state and I’ve been her personal friend for long, I wish her all strength to recover soon,” Parthasarathy tweeted.
Another source said Jayalalithaa had opened her eyes and was briefly taken off the ventilator. The Apollo Hospital in a statement late Sunday said Jayalalithaa was improving and responding well to the treatment. She was advised few more days of rest in hospital, it said.
Parthasarathy’s statement come amid claims and counter-claims about the CM’s health following her hospitalization on September 22 with complaints of high fever and dehydration. Her deteriorating health and the shroud of secrecy surrounding her ailment triggered wild speculation across the state. Her arch rival and DMK chief M Karunanidhi had demanded photos of her in hospital last week.