India: Jayalalithaa Passes Away

Panneerselvam sworn in as next Chief Minister

( December 6, 2016, Chennai, Sri Lanka Guardian) Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa passed away at Apollo Hospitals on Monday night at 11.30, according to a hospital bulletin.

She had been admitted to the hospital on 22 September for fever and dehydration. But this led to complications and finally she suffered cardiac arrest Sunday evening.

Her body is being shifted from Apollo Hospitals to her Poes Garden residence where some rituals related to her religious beliefs would be carried out. The body would then be taken to Rajaji Hall, where it would be kept for the public to pay their last respects.
According to media reports, the cremation would take place on Tuesday evening and it is being said it would happen on Marina beach.

Meanwhile, the AIADMK legislature party met late Monday night and elected O Panneerselvam to succeed Jayalalithaa as the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu. Jayalalithaa passed away late Monday night at Apollo Hospitals.

The action then shifted to Raj Bhavan where Panneerselvam was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao, who had rushed to the State Sunday night.

A new set of Ministers, including Edappadi Palanisamy, Sellur K Raju and Vijaya Bhaskar, took oath along with the new Chief Minister.

The government has declared seven-day State mourning for the demise of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa. All government functions stand cancelled as a result of this order that was issued by Chief Secretary Rama Mohan Rao.

Also, all schools and colleges will remain closed for three days in the State.

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