Thousands flock to mourn the death of India's most prominent woman politician J.Jayalalitha
Dec 6, Chennai: Thousands of people across India woke up this morning to the news of Indias most influential woman politician J Jayalalitha's death.
The 68-year-old chief minister of Tamil Nadu state suffered a heart attack on Sunday night and died at 23:30 local time on Monday, Chennai's Apollo Hospital.
Mourners had star, ted arriving at the hospital the minute news of her death broke last night and thousands are flocking to pay their respects to her.
Her body, draped in the Indian flag, is on display at a large public hall in the state capital.
Earlier reports of her death, which were swiftly withdrawn, prompted scuffles between police and her supporters outside the private hospital.
However, lines have been orderly so far, despite the visible emotion among the crowds who are queuing up to catch a final glimpse of Jayalalitha. Many are openly weeping while some are beating their heads and chests.
A seven-day period of mourning has been declared in Tamil Nadu. The central government in Delhi has announced that Tuesday will be a national holiday as a mark of respect and that she will be given a funeral with full state honors. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to leave for Chennai to attend the funeral which is due to be held later this evening.
The Oslo Times International News Network