first_imgTamil Nadu’s people’s Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa passed away on Monday evening with the Apollo Hospital declaring her death at 11.30 pm.Thousands of supporters, who had gathered outside the Apollo Hospital in Chennai since Sunday evening when the news of Jayalalithaa’s cardiac arrest broke, couldn’t believe that their beloved Amma had passed away.Jayalalithaa’s mortal remains were shifted from the Apollo Hospital to the Poes Garden residence at around 3 am. From there, the body will be taken to Rajaji Bhavan at 5 am for the people to pay their respects.Amma will be laid to rest at Marina Beach today alongside her mentor MGR and Annadurai.READ THE FULL COVERAGE:  #AMMAFOREVERJayalalithaa’s mortal remains to be laid to rest at Marina Beach today, O Panneerselvam is the new Tamil Nadu CM PANNEERSELVAM IS THE NEW CM, 7-DAY MOURNING IN TAMIL NADUMeanwhile, senior AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam is now the new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. An emotional Panneerselvam took the oath with Amma’s photo in his pocket around 1.40 am.As soon as the news broke out, the Tamil Nadu government declared a seven-day mourning during which the national flag on all the government buildings will be flown at half-mast. No official entertainment will also be held during this period.Tamil Nadu government delcaring 7-day state mourning.The government also declared a three-day holiday for all educational institutions in the state, including schools and colleges.The neighbouring union territory of Puducherry also announced a holiday for all government offices and educational institutions today as a mark of respect to Jayalalithaa.advertisementALSO READ | Amma Forever: Jayalalithaa dead, Tamil Nadu on edge, shockwaves across IndiaWho is O Panneerselvam, the one chosen to succeed Jayalalithaa? TRIBUTES POUR INJust after Jayalalithaa was declared dead, tributes started pouring in from across the country.From the President, Prime Minister, cabinet ministers and political leaders to actors, sports persons and journalists- everybody paid their tributes to Amma.President Pranab Mukherjee issued a press release condoling the passing away of Jayalalithaa.Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a series of tweets, paid his respect to Amma- the people’s Chief Minister.DMK M Karunanidhi, the arch-rival of Amma said, “I offer deep condolences on the passing away of Jayalalithaa. Wishes of lakhs of her followers will make her immortal.”DMK leader Stalin too expressed condolences on Jayalalithaa.Deeply saddened by the demise of our CM Selvi Jayalalithaa. My deepest condolences to the party cadres & well wishers in this hour of grief; M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) December 5, 2016Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu, who had flown to Chennai to pay a visit to Jayalalithaa at Apollo today, also condoled Amma’s death.I am so sad and felt that I lost my own sister. M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) December 5, 2016Pray almighty to rest her soul in peace, my condolences to the people of Tamil Nadu and AIDMK cadre M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) December 5, 2016Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh too paid his respects to Amma in a series of tweets.Deeply saddened to learn of the demise of Tamil Nadu CM,Selvi Jayalalithaa. She was a powerful voice for the weaker sections of the society. Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) December 5, 2016While Congress President Sonia Gandhi issues a press statement condoling Jayalalithaa’s passing away, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted his tributes.We lost a great leader today.Women,farmers,fishermen &the marginalised dreamt through her eyes.We will miss Jayalalithaa ji,Amma to millions Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) December 5, 2016Chief Ministers of various states across the country- from Mamata Banerjee, Arvind Kejriwal to Nitish Kumar and Vasundhara Raje also paid tributes to Amma- the people’s Chief Minister.Popular,strong,bold,efficient, people- friendly,charismatic leader, Amma.Always at the heart of people. Big loss.I am shocked,saddened 1/2 Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) December 5, 2016I humbly urge the people of Tamil Nadu and AIADMK to face this big loss with courage and greatness. May she Rest in Peace 2/2 Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) December 5, 2016V sad to hear the demise of Amma. A very very popular leader. Aam admi’s leader. May her soul rest in peace. Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 5, 2016Deeply saddened by the demise of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa ji. I join the Nation in mourning the loss of an icon – a Leader of the masses. Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) December 5, 2016Bihar, in fact, declared a one-day mourning in Amma’s respect. ALSO READ:Jayalalithaa’s roller-coaster relationship with two SasikalasWhat was the origin of reports on Jayalalithaa’s rumoured death?last_img

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