AIADMK supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s final journey came to an end on Tuesday as her mortal remains were buried next to MGR at Marina Beach in Chennai with full state honours.
Top leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi paid respect to Amma at Rajaji Hall grounds in Chennai. Earlier, cries of "Amma" rent the air as a sea of humanity thronged the Rajaji Hall grounds on Tuesday to pay their last respects to
Jayalalithaa, whose body lay in state in Chennai where normal life virtually came to a grinding halt.
As tributes poured in from far and wide after the actress-turned-politicians's death on Monday night, the body of Jayalalithaa, which was draped in her favourite green colour saree, was taken from her Poes Garden residence early Tuesday morning to Rajaji Hall where tens of thousands of people queued up to have a last glimpse of their 'Puratchi Thalaivi Amma' (Revolutionary Leader Amma).
Here are the Live Updates of what's happening in Chennai and Tamil Nadu -
# Rest in Peace Amma: Jayalalithaa's journey ends, her mortal remains buried next to MGR at Marina Beach in Chennai.
# Burial of jayalalithaa's mortal remains completed at MGR Memorial, Marina Beach (Chennai), she passed away yesterday after a cardiac arrest
#Shashikala performs last rights of Jayalalithaa
# Last rites ceremony of jayalalithaa begins at MGR Memorial, Marina Beach (Chennai); to be buried
# Mortal remains of Jayalalithaa brought to MGR Hall at Marina Beach in Chennai, to be buried shortly.
# Chennai: Burial of #Jayalalithaa's mortal remains to take place at MGR memorial, Marina Beach. Funeral procession underway
# President Pranab Mukherjee pays tribute to Jayalalithaa at Rajaji Hall in Chennai
# Congress VP Rahul Gandhi pays floral tribute to Jayalalithaa at Rajaji Hall in Chennai
Chennai: Burial of #Jayalalithaa's mortal remains to take place at MGR memorial, Marina Beach pic.twitter.com/gqH0QjAII4
— ANI (@ANI_news) December 6, 2016
# DMK leader MK Stalin at Rajaji Hall in Chennai to pay his last respects to Jayalalithaa
# Cricketer Krishnamachari Srikkanth at Rajaji Hall (Chennai) to pay last tributes to Jayalalithaa
# DMK leader MK Stalin reaches Rajaji Hall in Chennai to pay his last respects to Jayalalithaa
# Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar pays tribute to her at Rajaji Hall in Chennai
# Tributes being paid to Jayalalithaa at Rajaji Hall in Chennai where her mortal remains have been kept
# Former PM Manmohan Singh reaches Rajaji Hall in Chennai to pay his last respects to #Jayalalithaa
# Karnataka CM Siddharamaiah reaches Rajaji Hall in Chennai to pay his last respects to Jayalalithaa
Chaos outside Rajaji Hall, police lathicharge Jayalalithaa's supporters
# Tamil Nadu: PM Modi's convoy leaves from the Rajaji Hall in Chennai after PM Modi pays his last respects to Jayalalithaa
PM Narendra Modi pays his last tributes to Jayalalithaa at Rajaji Hall in Chennai.
# President Pranab Mukherjee has left Delhi for Chennai to pay last tributes to Jayalalithaa.
# IAF plane carrying President Pranab Mukherjee to Chennai returns to Delhi after facing a technical snag.
# Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday Chennai to pay floral tributes to Jayalalithaa.
# He will place a wreath on the mortal remains of Jayalalithaa at Rajaji Hall.
In a series of tweets last night, the Prime Minister, who enjoyed a good personal equation with the late leader, had said that he was "deeply saddened at the passing away of Selvi Jayalalithaa. Her demise has left a huge void in Indian politics."
# Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar: She struggled for poor people and took initiatives that other states followed. Tamil Nadu & whole country has lost a icon
# Odisha Assembly adjourned for a day after paying homage to #Jayalalithaa.CM Naveen Patnaik to go to Chennai to attend last rites of Jayalalithaa
# Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress: India has lost one of its shining stars. #Jayalalithaaji made her mark both as artist and politician,deeply sad at her demise.
# Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan: #JJayalalithaa was not only strong, but also a good administrator; It's a big setback for politics.
-- President Pranab Mukherjee condoles the passing away of #
# Lok Sabha adjourned for the day after obituary reference to Jayalalithaa.
# Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day after obituary paid to #Jayalalithaa.
# Home Minister Rajnath Singh: #Jayalalithaa was a great leader. She had emerged as an icon in Indian politics. I condole the bereaved
# Bihar CM Nitish Kumar: It's a loss not only for TN politics but also for rest of the country; All of Bihar is in mourning today
# Malayalam actor Mammootty: # was the Iron lady of present times, she did a lot of work for Tamil ppl. I condole with bereaved.
# RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav: This is a great loss to the nation, India needs her at this time when the country is heading towards dictatorship.
# Preparations underway at MGR Memorial at Marina beach for the last rites ceremony of #JJayalalitha, who passed away last night.
# Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Ananth Kumar:It is irreparable loss; #Jayalalithaa ji was known as messiah for poor; PM Narendramodi has gone to
# Chennai DMK leader MK Stalin pays tribute to JJayalalithaa, who passed away last night after a cardia carrest.
# A sea of humanity swamped the Rajaji Hall grounds with people, cutting across religion, caste and age barriers, pouring in to pay their last respects to their beloved and revered leader J Jayalalithaa, whose body lay in state.
# Amid the pall of gloom, people with teary eyes and crying inconsolably kept streaming into the Rajaji Hall, off the arterial Anna Salai in the heart of the city, to have a final glimpse of 'Amma' (mother as she was fondly called by her followers), who passed away last night.
# All roads leading to the venue were bustling with crowds of people who did not mind taking a long walk with public transport, barring trains, remaining off the roads.
# After Jayalalithaa's body was brought to the Rajaji Hall, the crowd could be seen swelling by the minute and the heavy posse of police personnel deployed there were finding it difficult to control them.
# The emotionally-charged sympathisers, including a large number of wailing women, tried to break the barricade as they surged while nearing the location from where they could have a direct view of their 'Puratchi Thalaivi', draped in her favourite green colour saree, forcing the police to use "mild force" to ensure nothing untoward happened.
# The mourners were being allowed through two queues flanked by iron barricades to pass in front of Jayalalithaa's body, which has been covered by the national tri-colour and placed on the top of the stairs leading to the heritage building.
# People perched themselves at all vantage points, including the windows, sunshades and gates of the government Super Speciality Hospital, abutting the Rajaji Hall, and private buildings to take a glimpse of Jayalalithaa.
# Men, women, children from different religions could be seen offering their last respects to the departed leader.
# The Centre has declared one-day state mourning across the country in view of the demise of Jayalalithaa and said the national flag will fly at half-mast in all state capitals including Delhi.
# The central government also decided to accord state funeral to the departed leader.
As the casket carrying the body of six-time chief minister was placed on the steps of Rajaji Hall, in the heart of the city off arterial Anna Salai, four Army men covered it with the national Tricolour.
Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and his ministerial colleagues, MPs and MLAs and senior state government officials were among the first to pay homage to Jayalalithaa, who passed away at the Apollo Hospitals here at 11.30 last night after waging a grim battle for life since her hospitalisation on September 22.
Jayalithaa's long time confidante Sasikala Natarajan stood close to the casket. Jayalalithaa's body was first taken to her Poes Garden residence in the early hours and then brought to the Rajaji Hall.
The funeral procession will take place at the Dr MGR Memorial site off Marina beach.
All roads leading to Rajaji Hall grounds were bustling with crowds of people who did not mind taking a long walk with public transport, barring trains, remaining off the roads.
Here's what happened on Monday night
# Cries of 'Amma, Amma' from hundreds of AIADMK supporters rent the air outside Apollo Hospitals where J Jayalalithaa breathed her last after suffering a massive cardiac arrest.
Chest-thumping and wailing, men and women could not come to terms that their beloved leader was no more as the ambulance carrying the late Chief Minister left the hospital to her Poes Garden residence.
# A cavalcade preceded and followed the ambulance, accompanied by security personnel on its doors to prevent the grief stricken supporters from coming in the way of the vehicle, which inched its way forward.
Senior AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam takes oath as the next CM of Tamil Nadu pic.twitter.com/8iwCls0pey— ANI (@ANI_news) December 5, 2016
Seven day state mourning declared in Tamil Nadu from December 6 #jayalalithaa— ANI (@ANI_news) December 5, 2016
Deeply saddened at the passing away of Selvi Jayalalithaa. She has left a huge void in Indian politics. This video is my tribute to her. pic.twitter.com/a8h3eXWVyp— Kiren Rijiju (@KirenRijiju) December 5, 2016
#Jayalalithaa's demise is an irreparable loss to the people of India: Vice President Hamid Ansari.— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) December 5, 2016
Saddened by the demise of Tamil Nadu CM J.Jayalalithaa ji. I extend my deepest condolences to her party and followers in this hour of grief.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) December 5, 2016
We lost a great leader today.Women,farmers,fishermen &the marginalised dreamt through her eyes.We will miss Jayalalithaa ji,Amma to millions— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) December 5, 2016
Congress President, Smt. Sonia Gandhi condoles Selvi J.Jayalalithaa's death & pays homage. pic.twitter.com/SaQlk3gZAb— Randeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) December 5, 2016
Heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of Ms. Jayaram Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu #PresidentMukherjee— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) December 5, 2016
My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Tamil Nadu in this hour of grief.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 5, 2016
Deeply saddened at the passing away of Selvi Jayalalithaa. Her demise has left a huge void in Indian politics.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 5, 2016
Puratchi Thalaivi Amma's body will be kept at Rajaji Hall for people to pay last respects.— AIADMK (@AIADMKOfficial) December 5, 2016
Our beloved leader, The Iron Lady of India Puratchi Thalaivi Amma is no more.— AIADMK (@AIADMKOfficial) December 5, 2016
It is with indescribable grief, we announce the sad demise of our esteemed Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Puratchi Thalaivi Amma. pic.twitter.com/vLloIw2qbE
— Apollo Hospitals (@HospitalsApollo) December 5, 2016