193 persons die following Jayalalithaa’s arrest
CHENNAI: AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa on Sunday claimed that
193 persons had died due to her “present situation,” and expressed concern over
three other persons attempting suicide. The party released the list of the 193
deceased persons, saying 139 of them died of heart attack while the rest ended
Putting up a brave front, the AIADMK chief assured
party workers that she would come out of the present case as she had
successfully faced many challenges, saying her “public life amounted to
swimming in a sea of inferno.”
In her first statement after walking out of the
Parappana Agrahara Central Prison at Bangalore yesterday, the former Chief
Minister said she had been facing challenges in life for long. “I have
successfully come out of them. With your love and the grand support of the
people of Tamil Nadu by my side, I am not going to be cowed down or lose heart,”
said Jayalalithaa, who was sentenced to four years in prison in the Rs 66.65
crore disproportionate assets case.
“My public life amounts to swimming in a sea of
inferno. As your dear sister, I have realised the perils of dedicating oneself
for the cause of public welfare from the day I entered politics,” the
66-year-old leader said.
Recalling that her mentor and party founder MG
Ramachandran had secured an assurance from her that she will dedicate herself
in leading AIADMK, she said she was living by that promise.
The welfare of AIADMK and its workers, particularly
the well-being of people of Tamil Nadu, were her prime goals and she continued
to walk this path unmindful of the “challenges, grief and pain” she could face
in this process, as “God has given me the maturity to take such pains in my
She assured the party workers she will meet their
expectations besides continuing to work for the welfare of the people of the
Expressing her sympathies with the families of the
deceased, she announced a relief of Rs three lakh to each of them even as she
said the party will provide Rs 50,000 each for the three persons towards
She urged supporters not to take any such extreme
steps and also thanked all those who had prayed for her release.
After the Supreme
Court granted her bail in the case, Jayalalithaa was released on bail
yesterday, arriving to a grand homecoming with scores of supporters turning up
to welcome her despite heavy rain.