Jayalalithaa death: Chennai comes to a grinding halt, deserted streets, shops closed

A near total shutdown like situation prevailed in the city and several other parts of the state since last evening itself.

By: PTI | Chennai | Updated: December 6, 2016 3:49 pm
jayalalithaa, jayalalithaa death, jayalalithaa dies, jayalalithaa passes away, chennai news, jaya death chennai, chennai jayalalithaa, tamil nadu A supporter of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa reacts on seeing body of Jayalalithaa wrapped in the national flag and kept for public viewing outside an auditorium in Chennai, India, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Life virtually came to a grinding halt in Chennai as the city woke up to deserted streets with shops, including eateries, remaining shut in the wake of the demise of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Public transport services, including autorickshaws, were off the roads while some private vehicles were seen plying in various parts of the city where police personnel kept a tight vigil at vantage points.

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A near total shutdown like situation prevailed in the city and several other parts of the state since last evening itself. The focus today turned to Rajaji Hall where Jayalalithaa’s body is lying in state to enable public pay their homage.

With even tea stalls, which usually do a brisk business in the early hours, remaining closed, mobile tea vendors could be seen dispensing the brew at some places. Hotels are also closed. Suburban train services, however, were being operated in the city, albeit with lower passenger rush.

Long distance trains arriving at Chennai Central and Egmore stations were on time. The state government has declared a holiday today for its offices and three-days for educational institutions as a mark of respect to the departed leader.

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Meanwhile, the Tamil film industry announced cancellation of shootings scheduled for today. Theaters also cancelled shows.

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  1. R
    Dec 6, 2016 at 4:17 pm
    It is unfortunate that a reputed and distinguished newspaper such as Indian Express talks about sensational led news only. The people are off streets - one all of them are at Rajaji hall and later in Marina for solidarity and grieving Amma; the other glued to TV at home watching the procession and happenings. In mark of respect the Govt, schools, insutions and other offices are closed and hence people chose to remain in-doors. It is pathetic to see your newspaper write such headings to suggest otherwise. Just roll back 29 years ago, how much of issue and trouble happened during MGR's procession to Marina- This time around Govt and authorities ensured proper plan and generally the party workers and public were also calm. Cant you see the positivity side to this PLEASE?
    1. Shrinivasan Sundararaghavan
      Dec 6, 2016 at 3:06 pm
      The caption of this write up in Indian Express clearly indicates that the newspaper believes only in sensation. It is a cynical comment. lt;br/gt;Tamilnadu has pulled down shutters just out of esteem and regards.lt;br/gt;It is a pity that the scribes have turned a blind eye to the 100% peaceful and tolerant situation the state has sported.lt;br/gt;Whatever may be the differences, the 7.2 crore people in Tamilnadu are dumbstruck since last evening, and they are unable to accept reality!lt;br/gt;The Indian Express should have expressed the solidarity and unity of the total Tamil potion in this hour.
      1. D
        Dec 6, 2016 at 9:53 am
        She rose to power by building an image of supporter of poor and illiterate people.lt;br/gt;She provided cheap food to them to support her, but it did not improve the status or education level of the poors.
        1. A
          Dec 6, 2016 at 6:58 am
          No other leader has commanded such a respect and m appeal like Amma who endears well into millions heart with her tremendous will power, intelligence and administrative skills coupled with pro people welfare schemes.Her entire life is a message to leaders from political and social spectrum to do good to people and earn their respect .It is a colossal loss to the nation and may her soul rest in Peace and guide her followers to keep her ideals and values to rule the state with same fervour