Chennai, Dec 12 (NIA) – Southern India’s main political party, the AIADMK said on Monday that 470 people had died of ‘shock’ across Tamil Nadu following the demise of Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa last week.
The party said that those who had died had been unable to bear the loss of Jayalalithaa, whom they dearly called as ‘Amma’ (Mother).
The party has condoled the deaths and announced a welfare fund of Indian rupees 300,000 each to families of the deceased.
Police said that a further 20 people had attempted suicide following the late Chief Minister’s death and are now being treated in hospitals. The AIADMK has announced a fund of Indian Rs. 50,000 for their treatment.
Thousands of people in Southern India are mourning the death of Jayalalithaa who passed away on Dec 5 following a cardiac arrest.
The 68 year old Chief Minister was sworn in six times as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and was one of India’s most prominent and popular politicians. She was worshiped as an idol by her supporters.
Jayalalithaa had been receiving treatment at Chennai’s Apollo Hospital since September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration.