Centre declares national mourning, flags to fly at half-mast today. Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu to represent centre at Funeral.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Congress Rahul Gandhi and other political leaders are heading to chennai to pay their last respects to Jayalalithaa.
J Jayalalithaa, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and one of India’s most powerful and popular politicians, died late on Monday in a Chennai hospital, nearly three months after she was admitted there. She was 68.
Ms Jayalalithaa had a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening and was rushed back to the Intensive Care Unit or ICU. Barely two weeks ago, after doctors and her party said she was fully recovered from a respiratory illness, she had been moved from the critical care unit to a private room kitted out with emergency equipment.
“It is with indescribable grief, we announce the sad demise of our esteemed honourable chief minister of Tamil Nadu at 11:30 pm (local time) today (December 5),” Chennai’s Apollo Hospital said in a statement released to the media after midnight.