News Nation Logo

BREAKING

O Panneerselvam sworn in as Tamil Nadu CM after J Jayalalithaa's death

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa Died On Monday Night Due To Cardiac Arrest. Her Loyalist And Close Confidant O Panneerselvam Became The Tamil Nadu CM After Her Death.

PTI | Updated on: 06 Dec 2016, 04:01:18 AM
AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam (Image Source: ANI)

Chennai:

Iconic Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, highly popular for her pro-poor programmes died at Apollo hospital at 11:30 P.M. on Monday night leaving a big void in the state politics. 

She had suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Sunday evening and passed away after battling for life for 75 days, the Apollo Hospitals said in a statement.

Two hours after the announcement of her death, in a swift political transition, her loyalist O Panneerselvam was sworn in as Chief Minister at a sombre ceremony at the Raj Bhawan along with all the ministers in the erstwhile Jayalalithaa Cabinet.

Panneerselvam had stepped into her shoes twice earlier when she was convicted in corruption cases. As Finance Minister, he was given charge of the portfolios held by Jayalalithaa after her admission to Apollo Hospitals on September 22.

Even as her death was announced, the AIADMK MLAs met at the party headquarters to elect Panneerselvam as the successor to Jayalalithaa.

Jayalalithaa, who scored a historic win in the assembly elections in the state little over six months ago, was admitted to Apollo Hospitals on September 22 with fever and dehydration but she could never recover.

A tinsel heroine, who inherited the legacy of her mentor late MGR, had entered politics in the early 1980s as the propaganda secretary of AIADMK and was made the incharge of the noon meal scheme undertaken by the MGR government.

Born in a Brahmin family, Jayalalithaa emerged as a fiesty leader in a state where forces of social justice had thrown up an anti-Brahmin political movement even before independence.

She practised politics on her own terms and was one of the two poles in the state for nearly 30 years fighting the DMK headed by redoubtable M Karunanidhi.

Only hours earlier in the evening, the hospital had denied reports that Jayalalithaa had died as "baseless and false" when TV channels said she was no more.

"It is with indescribable grief, we announce the sad demise of our esteemed Honourable Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Puratchi Thalaivi Amma at 11.30 PM today," Apollo Hospitals said in a statement.

Also Read: All you need to know about new Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam, J Jayalalithaa's close confidant

"Our honourable Chief Minister Selvi J Jayalalithaa was admitted on 22.9.2016 with complaints of fever and dehydration and underlying co-morbidities. The honourable Chief Minister responded well to the multi-disciplinary care in the Critical Care Unit and subsequently recovered substantially to being able to take food orally."

"On this basis, honourable Chief Minister was shifted from the Advanced Critical Care Unit to the High Dependency Unit, where her health and vitals continued to improve under the close monitoring by our expert panel of specialists."

Unfortunately, the hospital release said, the Chief Minister suffered a massive cardiac arrest on the evening of December 4 even while the intensivist was in her room. The Chief Minister was immediately administered rescusitation (CPR) and provided ECMO support within the hour. 

For all the Latest India News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.

First Published : 06 Dec 2016, 01:49:00 AM

Videos