India’s ‘Iron Lady’ Jayalalitha dies at 68

World - Mohit Shah - Dec 06,2016

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One of India’s most influential and respected female politicians, J Jayalalitha, died on Monday night after suffering a fatal heart stroke.

J Jayalalitha or ‘Amma’, as she is commonly referred in the state of Tamil Nadu, took her final breath at 11:30 pm (local time) on Monday in Chennai’s Apollo Hospital.

Right after Jayalalitha was hit by a cardiac arrest on Sunday, thousands of supporters flocked near the hospital as a hoax news surfaced regarding her death. Several were seen mourning as ministers and other dignities rushed to visit the ailing Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

She wasn’t just a leader but a devotional figure for the native people. Her deeds of support and kindness had helped her retain the post of chief minister for a count of five times.

Tributes and prayers for Jayalalitha are pouring from every corner of the country as her death was confirmed by the doctors of Apollo Hospital. Jayalalitha was admitted on September 22 due to falling health conditions, but after 2 months of active treatment she was showing signs of improvement. On Sunday, doctor reported that the politician has suffered a heart attack which has made her condition quite serious.

The ambulance carrying her body was surrounded by wailing supporters, who even broke the police line to catch the last glimpse of their beloved ‘Amma’. The entire cabinet along with other members from AIADMK party were part of the troop which followed the ambulance.

Her body has been draped in the Indian flag and is kept on display at a public hall. Prime Minister Narendra Modi would be leaving for Chennai to attend the funeral which would take place on Tuesday evening.

The police force has been upgraded as the state is experiencing a major turmoil. A seven-day period of mourning has been announced in Tamil Nadu. The central government has also declared Tuesday as a national holiday to showcase respect for the colorful politician.