Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa dead

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Chennai, Dec 6 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa died at a hospital here on Monday night, a day after she suffered a cardiac arrest. She was 68.

In a statement issued here, Apollo Hospitals said: “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 p.m. today (Sunday).”

It is learnt Jayalalithaa’s body will be taken to her residence at Poes Garden first.

Police were deployed in large numbers outside Apollo Hospitals and also at Poes Garden.

Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O. Panneerselvam was on Tuesday sworn in as Chief Minister after the death of J.Jayalalithaa.

Within hours of Jayalalithaa’s passing away, Panneerselvam was elected AIADMK legislature party leader.

He was then sworn in as Chief Minister at Raj Bhavan by Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao. Thirty-one ministers were also sworn-in along with him.

This is the third time Panneerselvam becomes the Chief Minister.

Unlike the last time when he turned emotional, Panneerselvam this time was calm and composed while being administered the oath.

–IANS

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