The Country in Mourning over the Death of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa passed away at 11.30 pm Monday at Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, after suffering a cardiac arrest on Sunday. Her death was confirmed by the AIADMK and the hospital management. Jayalalithaa’s body was brought to her residence Poes Garden, past midnight and will be kept at Rajaji Hall for the public to pay their last respects. She will be cremated on Tuesday evening.

As a mark of respect to the former chief minister, the Tamil Nadu government has declared December 6 as a public holiday under the Negotiable Instruments Act.

Senior AIADMK MLA O Panneerselvam was sworn in as 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.

Earlier, on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was briefed on Jayalithaa’s condition as Apollo Hospitals denied reports of her death. Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, who visited the hospital to enquire about her health, briefed the Prime Minister. He, however, did not speak to the media.

In the evening, Apollo Hospitals released a statement saying a “large team” of doctors from AIIMS and Apollo are continuing to provide Jayalithaa with “life-saving measures”. They rubbished media reports, saying they were “totally baseless and false”. At the AIADMK headquarters in Royapettah, despite no official confirmation of her death, the party’s flag was seen flying at half-mast but was hoisted once again after Apollo Hospitals issued a denial of the former chief minister’s death.

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