470 died of shock after Jayalalithaa's demise: AIADMK

An AIADMK worker committed suicide by setting himself ablaze in Salem district.

470 died of shock after Jayalalithaa

AIADMK has claimed that so far 470 had died across Tamil Nadu owing to the shock caused by former AIADMK and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's death , media reports said.

According to a report in TOI, an AIADMK worker also committed suicide by setting himself ablaze in Salem district.

The report said a 43-year-old S Ayyappan of Edanganasalai in Salem district set himself ablaze on Friday night. He died on Saturday. Police said he was upset after the death of Jayalalithaa.

An AIADMK press release said families of each of the deceased would be given 3 lakh from the party fund. Earlier, the party said 77 people had died due to shock and had announced 3 lakh each to the bereaved families.

AIADMK spokesperson C Ponnaiyan said: "We have information that in addition of to the 77 people, 203 people in various districts have died after it was announced that Amma is no more. The party has allocated 3 lakh each for these families too." The party has also released the names and addresses of people who have died in each district.

Meanwhile, AIADMK tweeted: "Senior functionaries of AIADMK have urged Thirumathi Sasikala to lead the party on the path shown by Puratchi Thalaivi Amma." Sasikala is the closest aid of former CM Jayalalithaa.

Ever since Jayalalithaa was hospitalised on September 22 in a private hospital in Chennai, Sasikala remained with her, giving the ailing AIADMK supremo much needed emotional support.

On Saturday, AIADMK mouthpiece Jaya TV aired visuals of senior leaders, including party presidium chairman E Madhusudanan and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai, at Poes Garden, airing aired live bytes of partymen urging Sasikala to be their leader.