Ailing Indian politician Jayalalithaa's right hand inflamed, gives thumb impression on election document

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has been undergoing treatment for a respiratory ailment. Photograph:( AFP )

PTI Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Oct 29, 2016, 10.04 AM (IST)

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa, who has an inflamed right hand after undergoing surgery for a lung infection, has given her left hand's thumb impression on an election document for a bypoll, news agency PTI reported.

The AIADMK chief, who is undergoing treatment for the past month at Chennai's Apollo hospital, endorsed the nomination of her party's candidate, AK Bose, for the Thirupparankundram constituency bypoll to be held on  November 19. The election is being held after the death of sitting AIADMK MLA, SM Seenivel.

"Since the signatory has undergone Tracheotomy recently and has an inflamed right hand, she is temporarily unable to affix her signature. Hence she has affixed her left thumb impression on her own in my presence," stated the document which was attested by Dr P Balaji, a professor at Madras Medical College and signed by Dr Abraham of Apollo Hospitals as witness.

The 68-year-old chief minister, who is revered by her party members, was hospitalised on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration. The Apollo hospital later said she was being treated for infection.

The ruling AIADMK had said that its chief was "very well" and would return home soon even as her party members performed rituals, praying for her speedy recovery.

The Election Commission had recently announced that the Thirupparankundram by-election would be held on November 19.

(WION with inputs from PTI)