Tamil Nadu government has announced seven days of mourning period and three days holiday for schools and colleges across the state after Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa passed away, while the Kerala government has declared shut down for schools and educational institutions as a mark of respect. Jayalalithaa took her last breath on Monday night after 75-day battle with life in Chennai’s Apollo hospital. Her body will be taken to her residence, Poes Garden and will be kept at Rajaji Hall for people to pay last respects and in a notification state Chief Secretary P Rama Mohana Rao said, “The national flag on all government buildings will be flown at half-mast.”
“The government of Tamil Nadu announces with profound regret, the demise of Selvi J Jayalalithaa, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu at 11.30 PM on Monday, Dec 5, 2016. State Mourning will be observed for seven days from 6.12.16, during which period the national flag on all government buildings will be flown at half-mast. No official entertainment will also be held during this period,” it said.
Jayalalithaa’s last rituals are scheduled to be held on Tuesday evening, where big political leaders, Cabinet and state ministers would be present including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi. There are the predictions about huge gathering following thousands of supporters in her funeral.
After Jayalalithaa ‘left for heaven’ her close aide and trusted senior AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam took oath as the next CM of Tamil Nadu. The oath-taking ceremony took place at Raj Bhawan. According to reports, Panneerselvam broke down while taking the oath and kept a photograph of “Amma” in his pocket. With him, 31 other ministers also took the oath. Panneerselvam has been the acting CM since Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo on September 22. Governor C Vidyasagar Rao began the ceremony with a 2-minute silence. “I express my condolences to people of Tamil Nadu, may her soul rest in peace,” Vidyasagar Rao said.