ProMASS: DEC 06,2016: The mortal remains of J Jayalalithaa have been lying in state at the Rajaji Hall where lakhs of people have been paying their last respects to the departed leader since early this morning. A steady stream of visitors ranging from VVIPs to many people who are just longing to get a glimpse of the leader.Meanwhile, arrangements are in place at the MGR memorial where it will be the final resting place of Jayalalithaa. The police have been streamlining the swarming crowd with great difficulty. People living in districts are paying tributes to their departed leader and paying floral tributes in front of her portraits and photos. Ms .Jayalalithaa passed away due to a cardiac arrest last night at 11:30 pm.The funeral of Jayalalithaa will be held at MGR Memorial in Marina beach area of Chennai.Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa passed away at a Chennai hospital last night, the 68-year old AIADMK supremo breathed her last at 11:30 PM at the Apollo Hospital. She had suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Sunday evening. Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital on September 22 following complaints of fever and dehydration, but she never fully recovered.
Tamil Nadu government has announced a seven-day State Mourning from today. 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, The government has also declared a three-day holiday for all educational institutions in the state. The neighbouring union territory of Puducherry has also announced a holiday for all government offices and educational institutions today as a mark of respect to Jayalalithaa.
She had scored a historic win in Tamil Nadu assembly elections about six months ago. A film actress Jayalalithaa had entered the politics in early 1980s under the guidance of her mentor MG Ramachandran. A five-time Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa pioneered a string of social sector schemes like ‘cradle to baby scheme’ aimed at fighting the curse of female foeticide. She also started public welfare schemes like Amma Canteens to provide low-priced food to the urban poor. Other similar pro-poor schemes launched by her included ‘Amma salt’ ‘Amma water’ and ‘Amma medicines’.
After the demise of AIADMK supremo & Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa at the Apollo Hospital last night, her loyalist O Panneerselvam has been sworn in as Chief Minister at a sombre ceremony at the Raj Bhawan along with all the ministers in the erstwhile Jayalalithaa Cabinet. The AIADMK MLAs met at the party headquarters to elect Mr Panneerselvam as the successor to Jayalalithaa. Tamil Nadu government has announced a seven-day State Mourning from today.The government has also declared a three-day holiday for all educational institutions in the state.