Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest, Tamil TV channels reported on Monday evening. Violence broke out at Apollo hospital as soon as the news started tricking out, even though the hospital has not put out an official statement. The government has also not announced the death formally. However, the party flag is flying at half mast at the AIADMK headquarters in Chennai. Apollo hospital has dismissed as rumours the reports of Jayalalithaa’s death saying she is still alive. The chief minister, who has been in Apollo since September 22, had suffered the cardiac arrest on Sunday evening.
The party MLAs are scheduled to meet later this evening apparently to chalk out the next course of action. Though party sources did not reveal the agenda of the meeting scheduled in the evening, they, however, confirmed that the legislators would discuss key matters.