Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa passes away

Posted on:06 Dec 2016 09:07:33
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa passes away
06 December 2016 Current Affairs: Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa who suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday passed away on 5 December 2016. She was 68. AIADMK supremo breathed her last at 11:30 PM at the Apollo Hospital.

She was put on heart assist device following the attack and her condition was stated to be critical by senior doctors at the Apollo hospital.

The minister was brought in with complaints of temperature, dehydration, and congestion on 22 September 2016 but after the tests, it was revealed that there was a collection of fluid in her lungs and she was put in intensive care.

However, the 68-year-old former actress was on her way to full recovery when she suffered the cardiac arrest, following which a team of best doctors was employed to revive her including UK-based intensivist Dr. Richard Beale and a special team dispatched from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. The Delhi team comprised three renowned doctors, pulmonologist Dr. G Khilnani, anaesthesiologist Dr. Anjan Trikha, and cardiologist Nitish Nayak. 

Despite this, her situation was reported to be highly critical, she passed away on Monday evening, leaving hopes of thousands of Tamilians high and dry.

All of Tamil Nadu has been brought to a standstill. Many schools and offices shut early today, as tension enveloped the city. The news of her critical state itself had wreaked havoc outside the Apollo hospital, leading to the summoning of thousands of police officials from around the state. Paramilitary forces have also been called in to control the worsening situation.

After her death, the state government has announced a seven-day State Mourning from 6 December 2016. During this period, the national flag on all government buildings will be flown at half-mast. The government also declared a three-day holiday for all educational institutions in the state.

Besides, the neighbouring union territory of Puducherry has also announced a holiday for all government offices and educational institutions on 6 December 2016 as a mark of respect to Jayalalithaa.

J Jayalalithaa : In the 1980s, she was made the propaganda secretary of AIADMK by founder-leader MG Ramachandran

She entered the Rajya Sabha in 1984 In 1989, she was elected to the Tamil Nadu assembly for the first time after which she became the Chief Minister of the state in 1991

She is the second female chief minister of Tamil Nadu after Janaki Ramachandran Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa held guilty in disproportionate assets case

She is called Amma (Mother) and Puratchi Thalaivi (Revolutionary Leader) by her followers.The five-time Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa was a pioneer of several social sector schemes like

Cradle to baby scheme aimed at fighting the curse of female foeticide

Amma Canteens to provide low-priced food to the urban poor

Other similar pro-poor schemes launched by her included 'Amma salt', 'Amma water' and 'Amma medicines'.

Before starting her political career, she acted in over 100 movies mostly in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.  She also acted in few Hindi and English films.She made her debut in a Kannada movie at the age of 16.

Some of her films included Vennira Aadai (her first Tamil movie), Pattikada Pattanama, Aayirathil Oruvan (for which she won Filmfare Award for Best Actress in 1973) Sri Krishna Satya Her last film was the Nadhiyai Thedi Vandha Kadal (1980)

She was born on 2 February 1948


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