A day before RK Nagar constituency goes to polls, a video showing former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa sitting on a hospital bed has surfaced.

The video doing the rounds shows a frail Jayalalithaa on a bed, sipping a drink from a glass and presumably watching television. One could also see an IV drip attached to her right hand. The clip has been released by Vetrivel, a lawmaker supporting TTV Dhinakaran.

“False that no one met Jayalalithaa in hospital, there’s video proof. We waited for days before releasing it but released it now as we were left with no option. Inquiry Commission hasn’t summoned us yet, if it does we’ll submit evidence to them, Vetrivel said.

The Apollo hospital, however, claimed that Jayalalithaa was unconscious when she was brought on September 22.

Meanwhile, the chief electoral officer of Tamil Nadu, Rajesh Lakhoni, told reporters that television channels had been asked to immediately stop airing the clip. Ruling AIADMK sources refused to comment on the video.

RK Nagar, the constituency in Tamil Nadu’s Chennai, has been vacant since Jayalalithaa’s death on December 5, 2016. Polling for RK Nagar seat will be held on December 21 while the counting of votes is scheduled for December 24.


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