Thousands pour in to bid farewell to Amma

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Jayalalithaa – End of an Era 

Jaya Lalithaa suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, passed away at 11:30 pm on Monday

Jayalalithaa suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, passed away at 11:30 pm on Monday

Hundreds of supporters are paying their last respects to the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa at Rajaji Hall. Amma passed away late on Monday night at Apollo Hospital in Chennai. Jayalalithaa will be given state funeral at 4.30 PM at Marina beach in Chennai. 

Jayalalithaa's body lying in state at Rajaji Hall

Jayalalithaa’s body lying in state at Rajaji Hall

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tributes to Jayalalithaa at Rajaji hall in Chennai.President Pranab Mukherjee and Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi are also expected to visit Rajaji hall.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao in Chennai Airport Photo-PTi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao in Chennai Airport
Photo-PTi

Jayalalithaa’s body draped in the tricolour, was moved to Rajaji Hall on early on Tuesday morning from her Poes garden residence.

Jayalalithaa's body lying in state at Rajaji Hall

Jayalalithaa’s body lying in state at Rajaji Hall

Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu who reached Chennai on Monday night paid tributes to the departed CM and spoke to senior members of AIADMK.

Tamil Nadu government has made all arrangements for cremation at Marina beach at 4.30 PM today next to MGR Samadhi.

 

Police deployment along Marina Beach in Chennai

Police deployment along Marina Beach in Chennai

Mean-while Tamil Nadu government has declared seven days of state mourning.

“6th December 2016 declared as public holiday under Negotiable Instrument Act as a mark of respect to J Jayalalithaa,” said a statement.

Jayalalithaa’s body was first taken to her Poes Garden residence from Apollo Hospital where she was declared dead by Apollo Doctors.  Jaya suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening in the hospital where she had been undergoing treatment from September 22.

Panneerselvam takes up the mantle as Jayalalithaa passes away

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 of Tamil Nadu announce with profound regret, the demise of Selvi J Jayalalithaa, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu at 11.30 PM on Monday, Dec 5, 2016.

Earlier on Monday,  President of India Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Ministers and other leaders paid tribute to Jayalalithaa.

Vice President of India, Shri M. Hamid Ansari has condoled the passing away of the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Ms. J. Jayalalithaa.

In a message, he said that an eminent public figure, a charismatic personality, she had immense influence over the political developments in Tamil Nadu as well as the national level. Her death is an irreparable loss to the people of India, he added.

DMK Treasurer and Leader of the Opposition in the Tamil Nadu assembly M K Stalin  expressed grief over J Jayalalithaa’s demise, describing her as an “iron lady” and courageous leader.

“Deeply saddened by the demise of our CM Selvi Jayalalithaa. My deepest condolences to the party cadres & well wishers in this hour of grief,” he said.

In a series of tweets, he also hailed her as an “iconic and courageous leader.” “This is an irreparable loss to the people of TamilNadu. #Ironlady #RIP,” he said. Other political leaders from the state of Tamil Nadu have also condoled the death of the Chief Minister.