Dr J Jayalalithaa passed away on December 5, 2016 after a prolonged stay in hospital for a variety of ailments. Her end came after she suffered a cardiac arrest. She was Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and the General Secretary of the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) when she breather her last at the age of 68. Popularly referred to as Amma by her supporters, she was serving her sixth term as Chief Minister of the state. Before joining politics she had made a name for herself as an actress. She had worked in close to 140 films in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada languages.
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Sasikala Natarajan breaks down while addressing party workers, says ‘Amma is my life’

Jayalalithaa, who had an iron grip over the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu, held the general secretary post for over two decades.

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Key facts about Sasikala, the Chinnamma of Tamil Nadu

Sasikala’s rise to fame in Tamil Nadu politics owes less to her leadership qualities and more to the enigmatic and yet firm relationship she shared with the late chief minister.


Sasikala breaks down as she accepts AIADMK resolution to be general secretary

Posters also sprung up all over Chennai hailing the party decision and congratulating Sasikala on being nominated the general secretary of AIADMK.

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Madras High Court raises doubts over Jayalalithaa’s death, says may order exhumation of body

Justice Vaidyalingam was hearing a petition demanding an inquiry into the former chief minister Jayalalithaa’s death.

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Sasikala threatens to contest for AIADMK top post

Denying that the she has been expelled from AIADMK, Pushpa asserted that she still remains party MP.

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Jayalalithaa supporters remember Amma with a 68kg idli tribute in Chennai

This may be an unusual way of expressing their love, but it’s not the first time that the late politician’s followers done something like this.

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Tamil people suspect Sasikala Natarajan, her family had role in Jayalalithaa’s death: Sasikala Pushpa

Sasikala Pushpa alleged that Jayalalithaa’s death must be treated “suspicious” as no one was allowed to visit her in hospital and no pictures have been made public.

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Sasikala will be AIADMK General Secretary, party’s executive council to meet soon: Spokesperson

To make it official, though, the party’s general council and its executive council are expected to meet in the next few days.

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Glimpses of Amma in Sasikala’s photos from AIADMK meet

Throughout her long term as the party supremo, Jayalalithaa made sure there was no second-line of leadership in the party and that all decisions regarding the AIADMK would be taken by her and her alone.

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Rajinikanth pays tribute to Jayalalithaa: ‘I had hurt her, she lost polls due to me’

Rajinikanth, however, describing Jayalalithaa a lady with a golden heart said that, when she invited her to his daughter Aishwarya’s wedding, she harboured no ill-will and graciously accepted it.

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Rajinikanth describes Jayalalithaa as ‘kohinoor diamond’

“I had hurt her. I was a key reason for her (party’s) defeat,” he said, referring to his criticism of the then AIADMK government.

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Chinnamma: Will Sasikala’s family be AIADMK’s biggest hurdle?

For over three decades, Sasikala lived in the shadows of the late Jayalalithaa. As she now looks to step out and gain control over the AIADMK, her family, once loathed by Jayalalithaa and viewed with suspicion by others in the party, could prove the biggest hurdle.

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In Mannargudi, talk of a family whose clout rose with its fortunes

Presence of Sasikala and her family — who go by the inglorious moniker of ‘Mannargudi Mafia’ — beside the body of Jayalalithaa has thrust this town in east Tamil Nadu into the spotlight.

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Centre for status quo on remission for 6 Rajiv Gandhi’s killers

, “Since the matter is sub-judice before the Supreme Court, we will inform the State government regarding the observations made by the Law Ministry,” said a senior government official.

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Indian mission in UK opens condolence book for Jayalalithaa

The book will be available for tributes on Thursday and Friday between 1000 and 1200 and 1500 and 1700 GMT.