AIADMK leader Jayaram Jayalalitha greets the audience during her swearing-in-ceremony as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu state in Chennai, India, Saturday, May 23, 2015. An appeals court acquitted the powerful politician in southern India of corruption charges earlier this month, clearing the way for her to return to public office. She was forced last year to step down as the highest elected official in Tamil Nadu after a Bangalore court in September convicted her of possessing wealth disproportionate to her income and sentenced her to four years in prison. (R. Senthil Kumar/ Press Trust of India via AP)
AIADMK leader Jayaram Jayalalitha greets the audience during her swearing-in-ceremony as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu state in Chennai, India, Saturday, May 23, 2015. An appeals court acquitted the powerful politician in southern India of corruption charges earlier this month, clearing the way for her to return to public office. She was forced last year to step down as the highest elected official in Tamil Nadu after a Bangalore court in September convicted her of possessing wealth disproportionate to her income and sentenced her to four years in prison. (R. Senthil Kumar/ Press Trust of India via AP)

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa”s health suffered a setback on Sunday evening following a “cardiac arrest” and she was moved back to the Apollo Hospitals” Intensive Care Unit, where she was put on life support.

“The Chief Minister suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening. She is being treated and monitored by a team of experts including cardiologists, pulmonologist and critical care specialists,” said a late evening press release issued by Subbiah Viswanathan, chief operating officer, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai.

Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, who is in-charge of Tamil Nadu, air-dashed to Chennai from Mumbai late on Sunday night following the development.

Jayalalithaa, who was admitted to the Apollo Hospitals in an unconscious state on the night of September 22, had miraculously shown significant improvement in her health condition, and was only on November 19 shifted out of the ICU to a special ward. She, however, continued to be on trachaeostomy to help her breathe and spoke minimally with the help of a speaker.

While doctors and AIADMK leaders had maintained that it would be a matter of days before she was discharged, sources said around 4.30 pm on Sunday she developed complications following which she was rushed to the ICU. The police presence in and around Apollo Hospitals were strengthened late in the evening as several Cabinet ministers and senior police officers made a beeline to the hospital. Hundreds of AIADMK cadres too assembled at the hospital. rakes up tension in Indo-Pak ties

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