The iconic leader & Chief Minister of Tamilnadu passes away

The iconic leader & Chief Minister of Tamilnadu passes away


Amma to millions & Chief Minister of Tamilnadu Jayalalithaa Jayaraman has passed away in Apollo Hospital, Chennai shortly after midnight where she was undergoing treatment.

“It is with indescribable grief that we announce the sad demise of esteemed CM,” the Apollo Hospitals said in…Click to Tweet

She suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday 04th Dec, 2016 & was admitted into the ICU. She died at the age of 68.

More than 5,000 security personnel have been deployed in Chennai to maintain order and contain the situation at the news of Jayalalithaa’s death. She was admitted to hospital in the month of September, 2016 for acute fever and dehydration. The Apollo Hospitals on October 2 said that she was being treated for “infection” and was “responding well to treatment”. However, on October 10 the authorities said that she was under “respiratory support” & things changed dramatically.

She was commonly referred to as Amma and Puratchi Thalaivi by her party members. She was an actress before her debut into politics and appeared as an actor in 140 movies which includes Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi films. As a leading actress in films from 1961 to 1980, she was regarded as one of the most versatile actress having appeared in films of different genres and for performing wide variety of characters. She was also known for her dancing skills and referred to as the queen of Tamil film industry.

She made her debut in politics in the early 1980s. She joined the AIADMK, which was founded by Ramachandran in 1982. Many speculated that her political career began because of Tamil superstar and former state Chief Minister MG Ramachandaran (MGR), since Jayalalithaa had worked with him in several movies. However, she denied this claims and stated that the decision to enter politics was her own choice.

Following the assassination of the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, she became the first female & the youngest Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu to serve a full term from 24 June 1991 to 12 May 1996. Despite the several corruption cases filed against her in 1996, she won the second term in 2001, and the third term on 16 May 2011. On 27 September 2014, she was accused in the “Disproportionate Assets” case, and was fined `100 crore sentenced along with four years in jail. A special bench of the Karnataka High Court pronounced her not guilty on 11 May 2015 and also her alleged associates in the case. This judgement allowed her to become the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time.

She was again elected as Chief Minister of Tamilnadu in the May 2016 elections for the sixth time and became the second Chief Minister after M. G. Ramachandran, to serve consecutive terms as Chief Minister.

Image credit: Indranil Mukherjee/AFP/Getty Images

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