Tamil Nadu: Health minister attacks OPS for raising doubts over Amma's death, calls him mentally sick

Tamil Nadu Health Minister Vijaybaskar attacked OPS saying that the rebel AIADMK leader is raising these allegations just for his political survival.

Tamil Nadu Health Minister Vijaybaskar has condemned the way O Panneerselvam has raised claims of suspicion over the death of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and has released a statement to clear the doubts, "I reject all the allegations made by him, stock and barrels," he said.

Vijaybaskar also made the information about the specialists, who treated Jayalalithaa, public. "Experts from AIIMS Delhi, experts from Christian Medical College Vellore, Dr Stuart Russell of John Hopkins Hospital New York, USA (through video conference), Dr Ravi Mehta from Bangalore Apollo, Dr Shamin Sharma, a team led by Narendra Reddy from Hyderabad, team led by Dr Dwivedi from Tata Memorial Hospital from Mumbai, were consulted and they also visited Amma in the hospital. Over and above this team, the government of Tamil Nadu through G.O. (D) No. 1368 (dated 30.9.2016, H and FW) appointed a team of five specialist doctors to monitor the medical treatment given to Hon'ble Amma," he added.

Vijaybaaskar also said that OPS, chief secretary and the health secretary were given a daily briefing about Amma's health, every day by 11 am.

The health minister also shot back at OPS saying that the rebel AIADMK leader is raising these allegations now just for his political survival.

He even called OPS as the first culprit in the suspicions that are being raised. "As Iong as Panneerselvam was in power, he had no doubts about the treatment being given to Amma, but soon after the deprivation of power, he was disoriented and started raising doubts about the treatment," commented Vijaybaskar.

Vijaybaskar alleged that OPS is mentally sick, being out of power.

Interestingly, the health minister is the second prominent leader to attack OPS in just one week.

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