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AIADMK starts online campaign on CM Jayalalithaa’s health

In a move to end rumours and speculations over Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s health, her party, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) has launched an innovative online campaign to assert that their leaders is fine.

The AIADMK shared a link on their official twitter pages, urging users to change their profile picture to a photo along with the caption ‘My CM is fine; No more rumours’.

The move comes after the party vehemently rejected the idea of appointing an interim CM while Jayalalithaa remains in hospital. The 68-year-old was admitted to Apollo hospital on September 22, after she complained of fever and dehydration.

On Monday, the Apollo hospital released its health bulletin, stating that Jayalalithaa is ‘being constantly monitored by intensivists & the other consultants in the expert panel’. ‘Necessary respiratory support, antibiotics, nutrition, supportive therapy & passive physiotherapy are being given,’ it added.

Apart from local specialists, a three-member medical team from Delhi’s AIIMS and a British doctor Dr Richard John Beale had examined her.

Many rumours regarding her health had been flying thick and fast across social media platforms, creating panic among the leader’s supporters. The City Police have placed social networking sites under surveillance to keep a tab on posts spreading rumours on her health condition.

The move came closely after the City Police had approached the Computer Emergency Response Team, Delhi (CERT) to help make progress in a case related to the controversial post on Jaya’s health published and shared by a French national who goes by the moniker Tamizachi.

Tamizachi had been booked under 3 sections 153 (wantonly giving provocation with intent to cause riot), 505(i) (statements conducing to public mischief), and 505(ii)(b)(c)(b- with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public, or to any section of the public whereby any person may be induced to commit an offence against the State or against the public tranquillity; c- punishment for inciting the offence), of the Indian Penal Code. The FIR was registered based on a complaint from AIADMK IT Wing State secretary G. Ramachandran.

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