A sea of crowd is expected at Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s funeral scheduled to be held today at Chennai’s Marina Beach at 4.30 am. With huge gathering, top politicians, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee are expected to attend the ceremony. Amma will be cremated next to the memorial site of her mentor and former chief minister MG Ramachandran. Following her sad demise, Tamil Nadu government has declared a seven-day mourning period beginning Today. Markets, Schools, colleges, offices and businesses have been ordered to remain closed during this period. The central government has also declared a one day mourning. Flags will be flown at half mast. Apart from the entire AIADMK cadre, some opposition leaders, including those from DMK, may also attend the ceremony. Securiry has been beefed up at the Marina Beach, Chennai. As per the latest inputs, people have already started thronging the Marina Beach. No law and order situation has been seen so far in the state. On Monday, 75% of the police staff was ordered to remain on duty till the issueance of any further notification. Meanwhile, National Flag was half mast at President’s House.
Following the news of Amma’s demise, politicians from across the country took to twitter to pay homage to the leader. “Deeply saddened at the passing away of Selvi Jayalalithaa. Her demise has left a huge void in Indian politics. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Tamil Nadu in this hour of grief. I will always cherish the innumerable occasions when I had the opportunity to interact with Jayalalithaa ji. May her soul rest in peace,” the Prime Minister said in a series of tweets. “She was a towering figure in our national and political life, who won admiration across the political spectrum for the intrepid spirit with which she faced the ups and downs of her life in politics, for her commitment to the people of her state, and her dedication to the honour of India. I am deeply grieved to learn of the passing away of Selvi J Jayalalithaa,” said Gandhi in a statement.