Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa passed away - Her death confirmed
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa passed away late on Monday evening at Apollo Hospitals, after suffering a cardiac arrest on Sunday. Her death at last is now confirmed.
Seventy-four days after being admitted to hospital here, the general secretary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam passed away at 11.30 p.m. on Monday.
Announcing her death shortly after midnight in a bulletin, the Apollo Hospitals referred to the cardiac arrest she suffered on the evening of December 4 “even while our intensivist was in her room”. It added: “Despite our best efforts, the Honourable Chief Minister’s underlying conditions rendered her unable to recover and she passed away at 11.30 p.m. today.”
She breathed her last at 11.30 pm and it was confirmed by the AIADMK and the hospital management.
Late in the night, her body was being taken to ‘Veda Nilayam’, her residence in Poes Garden in the heart of Chennai.
An hour before the announcement about her death was made, the police strength outside the Apollo Hospitals was increased and the route from the hospital to her residence was cleared for traffic. Security personnel took position outside in good measure.
Around midnight, Sasikala Natarajan, her trusted aide of over 30 years, who was by her side since the time Jayalalithaa was admitted on September 22, left the Apollo Hospitals for Poes Garden.
Officials said her mortal remains would be kept in state at the historic Rajaji Hall on Tuesday to enable the public to pay homage.
The death plunged the State and the party into grief. AIADMK cadres and other members of the public who had massed outside the hospital wailed inconsolably, beating their chests, as the news was announced after weeks of anxiety, which peaked on Monday.
The State declared a seven-day mourning and a holiday for educational institutions for three days. The national flag and the AIADMK flag would be flown at half-mast as a mark of mourning.
She will be cremated on Tuesday evening (Today). As a mark of respect to the former chief minister December 6, 2016 has been declared as a public holiday under Negotiable Instrument Act by the Tamil Nadu government.
Supporters clashed with police outside her residence as security personnel struggled to restore calm.
Senior AIADMK MLA O Panneerselvam was sworn-in as the new chief minister of the state by Governor Vidyasagar Rao at an event in Raj Bhawan
. The government has declared seven days of mourning, with education institutions set to be closed for three days.
- Asian Tribune -