Jayalalithaa's Funeral At Chennai's Marina Beach, National Mourning Today: 10 Points


Jayalalithaa's Funeral At Chennai's Marina Beach, National Mourning Today: 10 Points

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa died at Chennai's Apollo Hospital late on Monday night

NEW DELHI/CHENNAI: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, one of the country's most powerful and popular politicians, died in Chennai on Monday. Her body, in a casket draped in the national flag, is at the city's Rajaji Hall where thousands are streaming in to pay tribute to their beloved "Amma". Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Chennai today to pay homage.
Here are the 10 latest updates on this big story:
  1. The 68-year-old died at the Apollo Hospital, where she was admitted since September 22. Her body was taken to her Poes Garden home, and from there, was moved to the Rajaji Hall early this morning.
  2. Her funeral will take place at 4:30 pm today at the city's Marina Beach.
  3. Cries of "Amma, Amma" were heard as a huge crowd of supporters outside the hospital and at her residence mourned the death of their leader. Some supporters stormed the barricades outside her home, forcing the police to use batons.
  4. A little after 1 am, Jayalalithaa's most trusted aide, Finance Minister O Panneerselvam took oath as Chief Minister, keeping a photograph of Jayalalithaa on the dais. He had been chosen by lawmakers from Ms Jayalalithaa's AIADMK as her successor.
  5. Mr Panneerselvam, a staunch Jayalalithaa loyalist, had earlier stood in twice as chief minister when she had to step down. After Ms Jayalalithaa was hospitalised in September, Mr Panneerselvam was given charge of the eight ministries she personally supervised and he also chaired cabinet meetings.
  6. A seven-day mourning has been declared in Tamil Nadu. Schools and colleges will be closed for three days.
  7. PM Modi and other leaders have expressed grief at Ms Jayalalithaa's death. "Deeply saddened at the passing away of Selvi Jayalalithaa. Her demise has left a huge void in Indian politics," PM Modi tweeted.
  8. Security across the state has been reviewed as a precaution against violent or self-harming protests by lakhs of supporters of 'Amma' or mother as she was known to them. Shops and petrol pumps closed early on Monday, and Chennai roads were deserted.
  9. After local television channels wrongly reported Ms Jayalalithaa's death on Monday evening, violence erupted at the hospital and the police had to use batons to control the crowd of thousands which tried to rush past barricades. The AIADMK had briefly lowered its flag to half-mast at its headquarters, then hoisted it again after the hospital said the local channels' reports were "totally baseless and false."
  10. After the cardiac arrest Ms Jayalalithaa had been put on an ECMO or an Extra-Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation device, a life support system.
Source - NDTV

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