Jayalalithaa is no more, cremation at 4.30 pm at MGR’s memorial site
Educational institutions, offices and businesses has to be closed for the next three days, which have been designated a public holiday in the state.
Tamil Nadu government has announced that the cremation of AIADMK chief and former Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa will take place on Tuesday at 4 pm near the iconic Marina beach, at the memorial site of her mentor and former chief minister MG Ramachandran.
Authorities has also declared a seven-day mourning period beginning Tuesday. Schools, colleges, offices and businesses were to be closed for the next three days, which have been designated a public holiday in the state.
The Centre also announced a day’s national mourning.
According to media reports, host of leaders from across the country, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, will reach Chennai later in the day to pay their homage to Jayalalithaa.
Jayalalithaa was draped in her favourite green colour saree. He will be taken from her Poes Garden residence to Rajaji Hall where hundreds and thousands of supporters queued up to have a last glimpse of the powerful leader, nicknamed ‘Puratchi Thalaivi’ (revolutionary leader).
As the casket carrying the body was placed on the steps of Rajaji Hall, in the heart of the city off arterial Anna Salai, four armymen covered it with the Tricolour.
Apollo administration had earlier rubbished all news reports stating the CM of Tamil Nadu is no more.
Jayalalithaa’s health had remained critical throughout Monday. A team of specialist doctors has been working round the clock to help her recover from a cardiac arrest she reportedly suffered Sunday evening. Ever since, the chief minister had been put on life support systems including ventilator.
Thousands of followers gathered outside the Apollo hospital since Sunday evening. Supporters were seen weeping inconsolably and praying for their “Amma” or mother, as she was endearingly known.