Tamil Nadu Minister for Forests Dindigul C. Sreenivasan has asked for forgiveness from AIADMK cadres and the public for lying about Jayalalithaa’s health last year.
Addressing a public meeting in Madurai on Friday night Sreenivasan said, "Forgive me my party worker but all of us ministers lied before you when we said Amma is having food and she is alright. Said so many things to make you believe she is healthy but truth is no one had seen her".
He stated that only V.K. Sasikala and her family had access to see Amma rest no one was allowed when she was admitted to Apollo Hospital in Chennai on September 22, 2016.
"Arun Jaitley, Amit Shah, V Naidu, Rahul Gandhi and DMK leaders visited Amma but they could only see Pratap Reddy and Sasikala", Mr Sreenivasan further added.
After prolonged treatment for infection and other complications, Jayalalithaa had died of a heart attack on December 5, 2016.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami had announced the government's decision to set up an inquiry commission to probe Jayalalithaa's death which will be headed by a retired High Court judge.
Ever since Jayalalithaa's death, there have been hints of foul play over her death, with critics pointing fingers at the now jailed Sasikala.