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.
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.
Jayalalithaa’s body draped in the tricolour, was moved to Rajaji Hall on early on Tuesday morning from her Poes garden residence.
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.
“Jayalalithaa’s demise is a big loss to the country. She was an able administrator who had conviction & courage,” said Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu
Tamil Nadu government has made all arrangements for cremation at Marina beach at 4.30 PM today next to MGR Samadhi.
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.
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.
Our beloved leader, The Iron Lady of India Puratchi Thalaivi Amma is no more.
— AIADMK (@AIADMKOfficial) December 5, 2016
The sate government declared seven days of mourning, with education institutions set to be closed for three days. During the period, the national flag on all government buildings will be flown at half-mast. No official entertainment will also be held during this period, Chief Secretary P Rama Mohana Rao said in a notification.
The Centre too declared one day of National mourning on Tuesday.
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.
Deepest condolences to the bereaved members of the family & her followers, and pray for eternal peace for the departed soul: Vice President. — V Balakrishna (@PIBVicePrez) December 5, 2016
An eminent public figure, a charismatic personality, she had immense influence over the political developments in TN: Vice President. — V Balakrishna (@PIBVicePrez) December 5, 2016
Deeply saddened at the passing away of Selvi Jayalalithaa. Her demise has left a huge void in Indian politics. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 5, 2016
Jayalalithaa ji’s connect with citizens, concern for welfare of the poor, the women & marginalized will always be a source of inspiration. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 5, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Tamil Nadu in this hour of grief. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 5, 2016
We lost a great leader today.Women,farmers,fishermen &the marginalised dreamt through her eyes.We will miss Jayalalithaa ji,Amma to millions — Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) December 5, 2016
In deep anguish over the demise of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa, a long-time friend & a leader with indomitable spirit who is loved by all.1/2 — N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) December 5, 2016
My deepest condolences to her well-wishers & supporters. She will remain in our memories as leader who truly cared for people. (2/2) — N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) December 5, 2016
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.
No miracle this time, our beloved CM has left us & reached God’s abode. — R Sarath Kumar (@realsarathkumar) December 5, 2016
Iron lady of TN who gave us hope to have prime ministerial candidate from TN is no more with us. — R Sarath Kumar (@realsarathkumar) December 5, 2016