68 year old, AIADMK party chief, J Jayalalithaa has been hospitalized due to fever and dehydration on Friday. Doctors treating her at a hospital in Chennai said she is stable and under observation.
Earlier speculation has swirled regarding her health, but this is the first time she has been hospitalized.
Ms. Jayalalithaa often worked from home or attended office for just half-an-hour has been pointed at by many as signs of her worsening health.
It is also noted, that actor turned politician has also begun to address public meetings seated.
Many rivals, including DMK Chief Karunanidhi, have sought clarifications about her health following speculation in the media and political circles.