Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to be discharged soon.Reuters File

Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao on Saturday visited Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in hospital, and was apprised of her condition. A statement released from the TN Raj Bhavan said Rao was happy that Jayalalithaa was "progressing well." It was reported earlier that the CM was sitting up and was able to interact with people.

The latest statement bolsters the claim of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), which had said that not only was Jayalalithaa well, but that she would also "return soon". "Amma has progressed very well under the daily monitoring of Apollo Hospital doctors and specialists and soon she will return home," AIADMK spokesperson CR Saraswathy had told reporters.

Now, the Raj Bhavan statement has said: "Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao visited the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who is undergoing treatment at the Apollo Hospitals, Greams Road, Chenna, at 11:30 am today [Saturday]." Top state leaders, including former chief minister O Panneerselvam, and officers greeted him there. 

The statement added: "Dr Pratap C Reddy, chairman of Apollo Hospitals, briefed the governor in detail about the treatment being given to the chief minister." He told the governor that Jayalalithaa is being treated by a team of experts consisting of doctors from the critical care group of Apollo Hospitals, a senior cardiologist, a senior respiratory physician, a senior consultant on infectious diseases, an endocrinologist, a diabetologist and dieticians.

He said Jayalalithaa continues to be under treatment and observation for all vital parameters, respiratory support and passive physiotherapy, and that she was "interacting and responding remarkably to the treatment."

Rao visited the ward where Jayalalithaa was undergoing treatment, and was "happy to note" that she was "progressing well."