"We made such statements to make the people believe that she was doing well", he said.
Many public interest litigations and petitions were filed in the Madras High Court pleading for a court directive to the State Government for a white paper on the health condition of Jayalalithaa. He said that he had been pushed to tell the truth because of the current situation. "We were afraid of Sasikala at that time and lied about Jayalalithaa's health condition.It is very common that sisters who fight inside the house will appear to be friendly outside". We did not want the secret of the party to get leaked. Sreenivasan said that Arun Jaitley, Amit Shah, V. Naidu, Guv, Rahul Gandhi and DMK leaders went to visit Amma but they could only see Pratap Reddy and Sasikala.
He said nobody met Jayalalithaa in her hospital room.
Deepa Jayakumar, Jayalalithaa's niece, said she would move to the court to for further clarifications. Then there was also a government release, which had said that she had conducted meetings with government officials on the Cauvery issue. The Minister "admitted" that all their claims like "Amma consumed idli, juice and she smiled at the team of doctors" were a series of lies. But as there was no positive developments even after several weeks, I made a representation to the chief secretary to take immediate steps to order the probe. "We have already announced that a commission led by retired High Court Judge will be formed for a thorough probe". The decision of Sasikala to anoint her nephew TTV Dinakaran as Chief Minister and to make him contest from RK Nagar constituency which had been represented by Jayalalithaa strained the relations between Palaniswamy and the Sasikala family.
The government is yet to appoint a retired judge, even a month after the announcement. Sreenivasan said that Jayalalithaa would have told them what was happening and the hardship she was undergoing in the hospital if they (Sasikala) family had allowed them to meet her. Panneerselvam, whose rebel faction sought a CBI probe, has merged with Palanisami's ruling faction.