Jayalalithaa, who was admitted to hospital on September 22 with complaints of fever and dehydration, suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening. On Monday, Jayalalithaa continued to be very critical and was on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) and life support systems. And the end came at 11.30pm.
At a time when Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa looked absolutely unassailable, the rumours over her allegedly failing health is a gift that the splintered opposition has been waiting for. The single most important point of discussion currently in Tamil Nadu is if Jaya is ill or not.
The ruling AIADMK, which chose Ms Jayalalithaa’s closest companion Sasikala Natarajan as its chief today, said it has “nothing to hide”.