BJP mocks TN Commission over Jayalalithaa's death

Last Updated: Thu, Aug 17, 2017 23:51 hrs
Subramanian Swamy

New Delhi: Mocking the Tamil Nadu Commission for constituting probe on former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa death, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday stated that there should be prima facie or evidence, on basis of which, the probe can take place.

Speaking to ANI, saffron party leader Subramanian Swamy said, "At who's expense -- is it the tax payers' expense? No problem, they can have one more. But the matter of fact is that there should be some prima facie and evidence for which the probe can take place. According to that all necessary action can be taken".

Further speaking on the probe, Swamy stated that investigation should be done as nobody has anything to hide or save.

"We accepted the prestigious Apollo Hospital's report, wherein all foreign specialist and members and categorically stated that she had a natural death. Then why probe and other evidence to be put forward. This move is a politically motivated one. Investigation should be done as nobody has anything to hide or save," he said.

Earlier in the day, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E. Palaniswami ordered a judicial probe into the death of former chief minister J. Jayalalithaa.

Palaniswami stated that the probe into Jaya's death had been one of the key demands of the O. Panneerselvam faction of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) for its planned merger with the EPS grouping.

Palaniswami said, "Commission will be constituted under a retired judge to probe death of Amma (J. Jayalalithaa).

The Chief Minister also announced that Poes Garden residence of Jayalalithaa, Veda Nilayam, will be turned into a museum.

"Her (Jayalalithaa) Poes Garden residence in Chennai will be made into a memorial," said Palaniswami said.

Jayalalithaa led the AIADMK till she died in December after months in hospital.

Sasikala, in February, decided she should become Chief Minister herself. But her plans collapsed when she was convicted by the Supreme Court for corruption and sentenced to jail for four years.

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