Tamilnadu CM J Jayalalithaa passed away at 68 late on Monday evening after failing to recover from a cardiac arrest she suffered on Sunday. Her death has been confirmed by Apollo hospitals who had earlier dispute media reports by issuing a press release stated that her condition is critical but she alive.
The hospital announced that Jayalalithaa passed away at 11.30 pm. “It is with indescribable grief that we announce the sad demise of esteemed CM,” read the statement. Her body is to be moved to her residence soon. A huge deployment of police is laid down there and security is also tightened. Tamil Nadu police also took over control of Apollo Hospitals.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was briefed by Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu. Security was heightened outside Apollo Hospitals and in Chennai. At least 6,000 police personnel descended on the capital to ensure that law and order is not disturbed. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh also said that law and order will not be a problem in Tamil Nadu.
O Panneerselvam elected as Legislative Party leader of the AIADMK. This means that he will the next Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu . The Tamil Nadu government has declared a three-day holiday in the state.
Jayalalithaa’s body will be kept at Rajaji Bhavan for the people to pay last respect to their beloved Amma.
Earlier in the day, there was high drama earlier outside Apollo and AIADMK headquarters in Royapettah. A scuffle broke out between AIADMK supporters and police after news of her “death” was widely reported by the media. The party flag was also seen flying at half mast before it was hoisted again amid sloganeering supporters.
Born in 1948, Jayalalithaa started her career as an actress in South Indian films. In 1982, she joined the AIADMK, which was founded by her mentor MG Ramachandran. She first became the chief minister of Tamil Nadu in 1991. She has ruled the state for over 15 years.