Jayalalitha is no more

By Times Headline Writer

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa died in Chennai after 75 days of hospitalisation, Apollo Hospitals announced in a press release on Monday.

Jayalalithaa was readmitted to the critical care unit (CCU) of Chennai’s Apollo Hospital after she suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening.

The 68-year-old AIADMK supremo was readmitted shortly after the party announced that she had been given a clean bill of health by a team of medical specialists.

8:25am: Funeral to be held at 4:30pm at Marina beach.

8:25am: Shops down shutters in Coimbatore as Tamil Nadu mourns the demise of its chief minister Jayalalithaa: ANI

8:24am: The late chief minister, who was elected for a second consecutive term this May, is being accorded a state funeral. Flags will be flown at half mast and ceremonial functions have been cancelled.

8:22am: Centre declares one day of national mourning while the Kerala government announced a public holiday for state offices and educational institutes

7:55am: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will leave for Chennai later today to pay his last respects to Jayalalithaa: ANI

7:45am: Prime Minister Modi to leave for Chennai to pay homage to Jayalalithaa, after paying homage to Babasaheb Ambedkar at Parliament House, reports ANI.

6:55pm: Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu pays tribute to Jayalalithaa at Rajaji Hall.

6.25pm: Tamil Nadu govt declares December 6th 2016 as public holiday under Negotiable Instrument Act as a mark of respect to Jayalalithaa, reports ANI

6am: Jayalalithaa’s cremation to be held on Tuesday evening.

5.50am: Jayalalithaa’s body being taken from her residence Poes Garden to Rajaji Hall where people can pay last respects

3.30am: I offer deep condolences on passing away of Jayalalithaa. Wishes of lakhs of her followers will make her immortal, DMK chief Karunanidhi tells ANI.

3am: Clashes between police and Jayalalithaa supporters in Poes Garden. Police trying to keep barricades intact.

2.20am: Jayalalithaa’s body begins its final journey from Apollo Hospital to Poes Garden. Cries of “Puratchi Thalaivi Amma” can be heard.

1.10am: Express my condolences to people of Tamil Nadu, may her soul rest in peace: Governor C Vidyasagar Rao 1.02am: O Panneerselvam unanimously elected as the Tamil Nadu chief minister by AIADMK leaders. 1am: State mourning will be observed for seven days from today, says Tamil Nadu chief secretary.

12.45am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences over Jayalalithaa’s demise. “I will always cherish the innumerable occasions when I had the opportunity to interact with Jayalalithaa ji (honorific). May her soul rest in peace,” Modi said on Twitter.

12.30am: A three day mourning has been declared in the state. Schools and colleges will also remain closed.

12:15am: Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa has died, Apollo Hospital says in a statement.