NEW DELHI: Hours after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalitha’s demise on Monday night, the Centre on Tuesday declared one-day state mourning across the country and directed all the States and Union Territories to fly the national flag at half-mast in their respective capitals.
The Centre also decided to accord state funeral to the departed leader as a mark of respect.
“The Government of India today announced with profound sorrow the death of Selvi J. Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, yesterday at Chennai. As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, the Centre has decided that the national flag will fly half-mast in the capitals of all States/UTs, including Delhi and throughout the State of Tamil Nadu,” the Union Home Ministry said in a statement.
The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister passed away last night after battling multiple health ailments for 75 days at Chennai hospital last night. She had suffered a major cardiac arrest on Sunday evening.
Meanwhile, the Centre has rushed as many as 14 companies (1,400 personnel) of the anti-riot force Rapid Action Force, one Mahila Battalion company (100 personnel) and 12 companies of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) to Chennai to aid the State police in managing the crowd.