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Jayalalithaa's funeral as it happened: Former Tamil Nadu CM laid to rest next to MG Ramachandran at Marina beach
  • 19:21 (IST)

    Jayalalithaa was a charismatic leader, people's CM: Taminl Nadu Governor

    Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao condoled the death of J Jayalalithaa describing her a charismatic leader and people's chief Minister.

    "I am deeply shocked and grieved to hear about the sad demise of Selvi J Jayalalithaa, the charismatic leader and the people’s Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu," Rao said.

  • 19:11 (IST)

    AIADMK tweets 'Puratchi Thalaivi Amma now rests at Chennai Marina Beach forever.'

  • 19:00 (IST)

    Why Jayalalithaa's funeral procession was taken out at 4:30 pm?

    According to a report by India Today, Jayalalithaa was a firm believer in astrology, citing the fact that she added an extra 'a' at the end of her name in compliance with the numerology principles. The report further states that the time of starting the funeral proceedings was chosen to be after 4:30 so as to avoid the Rahu Kala, considered inauspicious in astrology.

    The report further says that Jayalalitha considered the numbers 5 and 7 to be auspicious for herself. Incidentally, she breathed her last on the 5th, just half an hour before the date changed to 6 December. 

  • 18:42 (IST)

    Burial of Jayalalithaa's mortal remains completed

  • 18:37 (IST)

    Earth is being poured over Jayalalithaa's grave
     

  • 18:34 (IST)

    Dignitaries continue to come forward and offer flowers and tributes to the departed leader

  • 18:32 (IST)

    Emotions run high as thousands bid farewell to Amma; Sasikala remains calm

    Thousands of people bid a tearful goodbye to their beloved leader at Marina beach, as she was laid to rest next to her political mentor, MGR.

    However, Sasikala Natarajan, who is considered her close confidante and has been with her right till her last days, managed to maintain her calm as she performed the last rights of the popular leader.

  • 18:18 (IST)

    Condolences pour in from countries over Jayalalithaa's demise

    World leaders, on Monday, condoled the death of the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's death.

    Apart from leaders from countries that have a significant Tamil population like Sri Lanka, Malaysia, and Singapore, US Ambassador to India Richard Verma also expressed grief over the AIADMK leader's demise.

  • 18:12 (IST)

    Jayalalithaa laid to rest

    The former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK leader, revered by many, has finally been laid to rest next to her political mentor MG Ramachandran, off the Marina beach in Chennai.

  • 18:08 (IST)

    Jayalalithaa's coffin is now being lowered into her last resting place

  • 18:06 (IST)

    Jayalaithaa's coffin is now being covered

  • 18:01 (IST)

    Sasikala Natarajan performs last rites of Jayalalithaa

  • 18:00 (IST)

    Defence Personnel remove National Flag from Jayalaithaa's body

    National Flag that was draped around the body of Jayalalithaa has been removed, prior to the burial, and has been given to her close aide, Sasikala Natarajan

  • 17:55 (IST)

    Congress VP Rahul Gandhi pays his last respects to the former Tamil Nadu CM

  • 17:53 (IST)

    Konijeti Rosaiah, former governer of Tamil Nadu, pays last respect to Jayalalithaa

  • 17:52 (IST)

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Pannerselvam lays wreathe

  • 17:51 (IST)

    Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu pays his last respect, places wreathe on the body

  • 17:48 (IST)

    Military personnel play last post

  • 17:47 (IST)

    TN Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao lays wreathe on Jayalalithaa's coffin

    The Tamil Nadu Governor lead the state funeral of Jayalalithaa and placed a wreathe on her casket on behalf of the state.

  • 17:43 (IST)

    Jayalalithaa's body has been placed into the coffin

  • 17:39 (IST)

    Funeral Procession reaches MGR Memorial

    The funeral procession has reached Marina Beach and the military personnel are now bringing the body down from the vehicle. The former Tamil Nadu CM will be then laid to rest in a sandalwood casket, next to her political mentor MG Ramachandran.

  • 17:30 (IST)

    UP CM Akhilesh Yadav on the gun carriage carrying Jayalalithaa's body
     

  • 17:26 (IST)

    President Mukherjee, Rahul Gandhi wait at MGR Memorial for the funeral processions

    According to CNN-News18, President Pranab Mukherjee, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad are waiting at the MGR memorial where the former Tamil Nadu CM will finally be laid to rest.

  • 17:24 (IST)

    Jayalalithaa will be laid to rest next to MG Ramachandran

    J Jayalalithaa will be laid to rest next to her political mentor, and long time co-star in Tamil Cinema, MG Ramachandran near the MGR Memorial, off the Marina beach.

  • 17:20 (IST)

    Visuals from J Jayalalithaa's final journey


     

  • 17:13 (IST)

    Millions throng streets of Chennai to pay homage to Jayalalithaa

  • 17:12 (IST)

    Preparation of last rites nears completion

    Preparations for the final ceremony of Jayalalithaa's burial are near completion as soldiers from all three wings of the armed forces are being drawn in to accord her a state funeral.

  • 17:10 (IST)

    Business establishments on the way of Jayalalithaa's final journey remain shut

    Business establishments on both sides of the road on the route from Rajaji Hall to Marina Beach are closed as millions of people throng the streets to catch a final glimpse of Jayalalithaa.

  • 17:04 (IST)

    AIADMK MLAs lead the funeral procession on foot

    The reverence that the former Tamil Nadu chief minister earned from her supporters was underlined by the fact that AIADMK MLAs, clad in white, led her final journey on foot from Rajaji Hall to Marina Beach.

    Emotional AIADMK supporters are also showering flower petals from truck tops and waving party flags as they accompany their beloved leader on her final journey.

  • 16:58 (IST)

    Jayaalalithaa's funeral shortly at Marina Beach

    Jayalalithaa's funeral procession will shortly reach at Marina beach, trudging through the 2 km long journey, as millions of her supporters dot the streets.

    According to the ground reporters of CNN-News18, people not only from Tamil Nadu, but from as far as Odisha, Jharkhand and even Bihar have arrived to pay their last respects to the departed leader.

  • 16:53 (IST)

    Visuals from the funeral procession of Jayalalithaa

  • 16:53 (IST)

    Jayalalithaa a symbol of women empowerment: Kiran Bedi

    Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi said on Tuesday that Jayalalithaa was a rare political personality who charted a distinct path of governance through her strong and able leadership.

    Expressing her condolence over the demise of Jayalalithaa, Bedi in her letter to Tamil Nadu Government described the late Chief Minister as a "multi faceted personality", who carved her own niche and became an emblem of women empowerment.

  • 16:48 (IST)

    Watch: Visuals from the funeral procession of Jayalalithaa

    Credit: ANI

  • 16:42 (IST)

    Jayalalithaa will be accorded full state funeral

    The Madras regiment of the Indian Army will offer gun salute with 5 rounds of fire from a 12 member team to pay tribute to the departed leader, according to India Today. The Indian flag will be flown at half mast and the Navy Band has also reached the site of her burial.

  • 16:35 (IST)

    Jayalalithaa's final journey begins

  • 16:31 (IST)

    Pannerselvam, Sasikala board vehicle carrying Jayalalithaa's mortal remains

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, her close aide Sasikala are part of the select few who have boarded the gun carriage carrying her mortal remains.

  • 16:29 (IST)

    Chennai stands still as the swelling crowd soaked in emotions try to catch a glimpse of 'Amma'

    Be it roof-tops or tree-tops or the roads leading to the Marina beach where are final place of rest would be, people from all walks of life are struggling to have a final glimpse of their beloved 'Amma'. Millions have amassed near the MGR memorial to capture the moments which would soon be history.

  • 16:27 (IST)

    Jayalalithaa's funeral procession starts from Rajaji Hall

    Jayalalithaa's mortal remains are draped in the tricolor and have been placed in a glass casket, which is now being moved under the care of Indian Army personnel to the site of her burial. The body will be carried in an Army vehicle, for the last journey.

  • 16:12 (IST)

    President Pranab Mukherjee pays last tribute to Jayalalithaa

    President Pranab Mukherjee has reached Chennai to pay his tribute to Jayalalithaa, according to Times Now

    Earlier in the day, the President was delayed in his visit as the IAF plane carrying him had to return to Delhi from mid-way due to a technical snag. The aircraft had reached Agra when the snag was detected.

  • 16:09 (IST)

    Jayalalithaa gave instructions about her last rites?

    According to a report by Times Now, just a few days before she passed away, Jayalalithaa had given clear instructions about her last rites to her close confidantes. Her funeral is, reportedly being carried out, precisely as per the wishes of the departed leader.

  • 15:50 (IST)

    MDMK Chief Vaiko pays tribute to Jayalalithaa
     

  • 15:43 (IST)

    Congress VP Rahul Gandhi reaches Chennai to pay his respect to Jayalalithaa

  • 15:39 (IST)

    Jayalalithaa to be laid to rest at MGR memorial

    Jayalalithaa will be buried at the MGR memorial, built in the memory of her political mentor MG Ramachandran. The site, near the Marina beach is around 2 km from the Rajaji Hall, where her body was kept for people to pay their last respects.

    According to the ground reporters of CNN-News 18, thousands of people have walked the whole stretch to catch a glimpse of the popular leader and pay their respect. Several others have not gone home in 36 straight hours as they stood waiting outside the Apollo Hospital for some news about the health of their leader. 

  • 15:26 (IST)

  • 15:25 (IST)

    Thousands amass around the MGR memorial near Marina Beach

    People have already started gathering around the MGR memorial near Marina Beach, where the last rites of Jayalalithaa will be carried out. The last rites will begin at around 4.30 pm.  

  • 15:22 (IST)

    Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda pays last tribute to Jayalalithaa

    Former Prime Minister H D Gowda also reached Rajaji Hall to pay his tribute to the departed leader.

  • 15:09 (IST)

    Jayalalithaa's Body being taken from Rajaji Hall

    According to CNN-News18, Jayalalithaa's mortal remains will now be shortly removed from the Rajaji Hall, where it was kept for the people to pay homage. The funeral procession will now head to Marina Beach, where her last rites will be held. 

  • 15:03 (IST)

    DMK leader MK Stalin paid his last respects to Jayalalithaa

  • 14:49 (IST)

  • 14:47 (IST)

    Panneerselvam breaks down as Modi pays floral tributes to Jayalalithaa

    An inconsolable Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam hugged Narendra Modi emotionally on a couple of occasions as the Prime Minister approached the casket containing Jayalalithaa's body to pay his last respects.

    The atmosphere was surcharged as Modi, amid tight security, walked into Rajaji Hall, where the AIADMK supremo's body is lying in state.

    As he walked towards Panneerselvam after placing a wreath near the body, the latter broke down and hugged him. Modi affectionately patted him, suggesting that he be strong. As Modi walked back to his vehicle, Panneerselvam again hugged him with tears in his eyes.

    Earlier, the Prime Minister consoled Jayalalithaa's close confidante Sasikala, who was crying.

    Even at that time, Panneerselvam again broke down and the Prime Minister hugged him, asking him to control his emotions. — PTI

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, a popular leader who pioneered pro-poor programmes and remained a pole for three decades, died here tonight leaving a big void in the state politcs. The 67-year-old leader, who suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, passed away at 11:30 pm on Monday tonight, after battling for life for 75 days, the Apollo Hospitals said in a statement.

Two hours after the announcement of her death, in a swift political transition, her loyalist O Panneerselvam was sworn in as Chief Minister at a sombre ceremony at the Raj Bhawan along with all the ministers in the erstwhile Jayalalithaa Cabinet.

Panneerselvam had stepped into her shoes twice earlier when she was convicted in corruption cases. As Finance Minister, he was given charge of the portfolios held by Jayalalithaa after her admission to Apollo Hospitals on 22 September.

In his third stint in the top office, O Panneerselvam was today sworn in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu hours after his predecessor and party supremo J Jayalalithaa passed away after a prolonged illness.

A grim-faced Panneerselvam, who was also seen sporting a beard, was sworn in around 1.15 AM by Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao at the Raj Bhavan amidst a scene of gloom. After he took oath of office, a total of 31 Ministers, all of them members of the previous Jayalalithaa cabinet, took oath in a simultaneous swearing-in.

Panneerselvam was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Rao, who air-dashed here from Mumbai yesterday after Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest. Panneerselvam (65), often hailed as Jayalalithaa's 'Man Friday', took oath in the name of God.

jaya-PTI-apolloEven as her death was announced, the AIADMK MLAs met at the party headquarters to elect Panneerselvam as the successor to Jayalalithaa.

Jayalalithaa, who scored a historic win in the assembly elections in the state little over six months ago, was admitted to Apollo Hospitals on September 22 with fever and dehydration but she could never recover.

A tinsel heroine, who inherited the legacy of her mentor late MGR, had entered politics in the early 1980s as the propaganda secretary of AIADMK and was made the incharge of the noon meal scheme undertaken by the MGR government.

Born in a Brahmin family, Jayalalithaa emerged as a fiesty leader in a state where forces of social justice had thrown up an anti-Brahmin political movement even before independence.

She practised politics on her own terms and was one of the two poles in the state for nearly 30 years fighting the DMK headed by redoubtable M Karunanidhi.

Only hours earlier in the evening, the hospital had denied reports that Jayalalithaa had died as "baseless and false" when TV channels said she was no more.

"It is with indescribable grief, we announce the sad demise of our esteemed Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Puratchi Thalaivi Amma at 11.30 PM today," Apollo Hospitals said in a statement.

"Our honourable Chief Minister Selvi J Jayalalithaa was admitted on 22.9.2016 with complaints of fever and dehydration and underlying co-morbidities. The honourable Chief Minister responded well to the multi-disciplinary care in the Critical Care Unit and subsequently recovered substantially to being able to take food orally.

"On this basis, honourable Chief Minister was shifted from the Advanced Critical Care Unit to the High Dependency Unit, where her health and vitals continued to improve under the close monitoring by our expert panel of specialists."

Unfortunately, the hospital release said, the Chief Minister suffered a massive cardiac arrest on the evening of December 4 even while the intensivist was in her room. The Chief Minister was immediately administered rescusitation (CPR) and provided ECMO support within the hour.

ECMO is the most advanced treatment currently available internationally. Every possible clinical attempt was made to sustain her revival. However, despite our best efforts, the Chief Minister's underlying conditions rendered her unable to recover and she passed away at 11:30 pm on Monday, the release said.

A five-time Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa pioneered a string of social sector schemes like 'cradle to baby scheme' aimed at fighting the curse of female foeticide, free gold coins for those who begot girl child.

She also opened a series of public welfare schemes under brand Amma, as she was popularly called, like 'Amma canteens' to low-priced food to the urban poor. There were similar schemes for the poor like 'Amma salt' 'Amma water' and 'Amma medicines'.

Jayalalithaa also attracted investment, especially from abroad, in sectors like automobile and IT.

A host of leaders including President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, vice president Rahul, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and a number of film personalities expressed grief over her death.

Modi, who shared good political equation with Jayalalisthaa said he was deeply saddened at her passing away which has left a "huge void" in Indian politics.

"I will always cherish the innumerable occasions when I had the opportunity to interact with Jayalalithaa Ji. May her soul rest in peace," he said.


Updated Date: Dec 06, 2016 20:42 PM

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