Jayalalithaa's funeral as it happened: Former Tamil Nadu CM laid to rest next to MG Ramachandran at Marina beach

Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa was on Monday said to be critical after she suffered a cardiac arrest in the hospital where she was admitted over two months ago.

FP Staff December 06, 2016 17:30:34 IST
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Jayalalithaa's funeral as it happened: Former Tamil Nadu CM laid to rest next to MG Ramachandran at Marina beach


14:05 (ist)

Jayalalithaa and sports in Tamil Nadu

Sportspersons in Tamil Nadu will forever remain indebted to former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for quite a few reasons. It is her far-sightedness that resulted in Chennai getting some impressive sporting arenas including the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium and the tennis stadium. 

From a city that was starved of top-flight sporting action to a hub of activity, that is the story of Chennai. And, a lot of credit for that goes to Jayalalithaa. She has been the driving force behind improving sports infrastructure in the city and other parts of the State. 

She was instrumental in Chennai hosting the prestigious World Chess Championship match between home favourite Vishy Anand and Magnus Carlsen. Jayalalithaa allocated Rs 29 crore for conduct of the world title match, which went on to become hugely followed. 

It was a momentous occasion for fans in these parts got to watch India's own legend in action against a prodigious talent, whose stock was rising. 
She took personal interest in conduct of the mega event and was present at the opening ceremony and drew the lots for choice of colour and gave away the prizes at the valedictory. 

That is not all, Jayalalithaa's role in helping the city retain hosting rights of the ATP tournament can't be overemphasised. It must be recalled that at a time when the event looked in the limbo as the original sponsor backed out in 2005, she stepped in and announced that the Tamilnadu government would step in to ensure it went on without any hitch. The government has since been one of the Platinum Sponsors and has been a key mover behind the championship's conduct with Jayalalithaa's guidance.

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12:12 (ist)

Jayalalithaa's death brings back memories of Sheikh Abdullah's demise

The grief and mourning of thousands of supporters Jayalalithaa has unmistakable parallels with the death of iconic Kashmiri leader and founder of National Conference, Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah.

Like Jayalalithaa, Sheikh, who was born in 1903, ruled the hearts and minds of his followers and supporters.

Both these leaders were accused of corruption during their rule, but that did not matter to their supporters in whose eyes the two could do no wrong.

The late Sheikh's persona, like that of Jayalalithaa grew out of its political borders and finally the two became to be seen as some kind of super humans who could not die.

"This is something which the death of Jayalalithaa and the Sheikh prove. Death of these icons had been unacceptable to their followers. Super humans can not die and that is what people who adored these two icons believed," said Muzaffar Ahmad, a professor.

Like her, Sheikh remained in a critical state of health for many months before he passed away on 8 September, 1982. 

Rumours of his death spread many times during his illness as these did in case of Jayalalithaa. 

Like her followers, the supporters of late Sheikh ridiculed, abused and even roughed up anyone who said that Sheikh had passed away.

Hours before his death was officially confirmed, rumours had spread like wildfire saying the leader was no more. 

People in summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir sacrificed sheep in hundreds devotional offerings to disprove the news of Sheikh's death.

Markets closed, traffic stopped, Kashmir was on the road. 

Thousands throughout the Valley waited with bated breath to know the latest on the Sheikh's health. 

When the news about his death was officially confirmed in the evening, an unprecedented gloom descended on Kashmir.

Wailing, weeping and beating their chests, men, women and children file passed the body of Sheikh, which was kept in the Polo Ground in Srinagar as thousands came for the last glimpse. Exactly what is seen today (Tuesday) in Chennai. — IANS


Dec 06, 2016 - 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.

Dec 06, 2016 - 19:11 (IST)

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

Dec 06, 2016 - 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. 

Dec 06, 2016 - 18:42 (IST)

Burial of Jayalalithaa's mortal remains completed

Dec 06, 2016 - 18:37 (IST)

Earth is being poured over Jayalalithaa's grave

Dec 06, 2016 - 18:34 (IST)

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

Dec 06, 2016 - 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.

Dec 06, 2016 - 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.

Dec 06, 2016 - 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.

Dec 06, 2016 - 18:08 (IST)

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

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.

Jayalalithaas funeral as it happened Former Tamil Nadu CM laid to rest next to MG Ramachandran at Marina beachEven 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.

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