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I have taken rebirth because of people’s prayers: Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa

Chennai: In her first direct communication since being hospitalised, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Sunday said that she had taken rebirth because of people’s prayers.

“I have taken a rebirth with the prayers of party cadres and people. What can harm me when I have your love. I am waiting to completely recover and resume my work for people,” Jayalalithaa, who is fondly called Amma by her supporters, said.

“I request people of TN to vote for AIADMK in Aravarakurichi, Thiruparankundram, Pondicherry and Tanjore. I request the party cadres to work hard to make AIADMK win in these elections in a huge margin,” she said in a statement released by AIADMK.

Without elaborating much, she asked party workers to “understand the nature of this statement and work with a sense of duty for making MGR’s (AIADMK founder chief MG Ramachandran) winning symbol two leaves bag a huge victory.”

Quoting a lyric from an MGR era song, she said, “AIADMK’s victory should resound in all the directions. I am eagerly waiting for news of such victory.”

Though she could not directly meet cadres and functionaries working in these constituencies and the general public, “my heart and thoughts are with you always,” she told them.

To voters, she recalled the slew of welfare schemes being implemented by her regime and urged them to “give your love and support to AIADMK in the present polls as well, remembering such innumerable schemes to enhance the people’s standard of living.”

The Chief Minister, who has been in the hospital since September 22, said she had been slogging for the growth of the people of Tamil Nadu and her party from day one of her public life on the advice of her mentor (MGR).

The 68-year-old AIADMK supremo was admitted to the hospital after she complained of fever and dehydration. Later, the hospital had said she was being treated for infection with respiratory support, among others.

Specialists from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, and from London, among others, have treated her during the period.

—PTI