Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa remains in a "grave situation" despite the best efforts of doctors, Apollo Hospitals said Monday. The Chief Minister who was recently discharged from the hospital a prolonged illes had cardiac arrest a day before.
"Despite our best efforts, our beloved CM remains in a grave situation," Apollo Hospital's Joint Managing Director Sangita Reddy said in a Twitter post.
This comes barely two hours after the Hospital in an official statement had said Jayalalithaa "continues to be very critical.
Thousands of people are standing vigil outside the hospital.
Jayalalitha has been receiving treatment for months and was last seen in public in September.
The former film star has been Tamil Nadu chief minister four times and is revered by many in the state.
With the extreme devotion she inspires among her supporters, many of whom refer to her as "Amma" (mother), there are concerns that a serious deterioration in her condition could spark unrest.
Police have been put on alert across Tamil Nadu and outside her official residence.
News of her health over the last few months has been closely monitored and guarded, and in a sign of the sensitivity around the issue two people were arrested for spreading rumours about her health in October.