One of the most charismatic political leaders India has ever seen, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is no more. Amma, as she is fondly referred to by her supporters, who suffered a cardiac arrest on the evening of the 4th December, breathed her last at 11.30 pm today (5.12.2016).
The crowds are now swelling after the latest statements from the hospital that she is dead, with people wailing and weeping.
There is heavy security outside the hospital, with barricades put up. The police, on high alert, have blocked roads leading up to the hospital to avoid any untoward incident.
Jayalalithaa was admitted to the Apollo Hospital on September 22 and was on constant treatment since then. Initially, her party said she had dehydration and fever, but doctors later said she had an acute lung infection and was on respiratory support.
For several weeks, the hospital had reported much improvement in Jayalalithaa’s health and said she could decide when to be discharged. Her party said she was directing important decisions and had begun speaking.
On Saturday, the AIADMK had said Jayalalithaa had been declared fully recovered by a team of doctors from AIIMS and would decide when to return home.