Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 6, 2016: As a mark of respect, The Kerala government has declared December 6 as a holiday to mourn the demise of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, who passed away at the age of 68 at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai on Monday night.
All government offices and educational institutions will remain closed.
Thousands of fans and supporters had gathered outside the hospital as well as outside her residence to get a last glimpse of their departed leader.
The state government has announced seven days of mourning, with educational institutions set to be closed for three days.
Soon after Jayalalithaa’s death, the AIADMK MLA elected Finance Minister and long-time Jayalalithaa loyalist O. Panneerselvam to succeed the departed leader.
Shortly after 1 a.m. on Tuesday, Panneerselvam took the oath of office and secrecy. Thirty-one ministers were also sworn in with him.
Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, one of India’s most charismatic political leaders, died in Chennai on Monday night after a bitter 74-day battle for life, ending an era in Tamil Nadu politics and plunging the state in deep grief.