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India mourns prominent politician Jayaram Jayalalithaa

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India mourns prominent politician Jayaram Jayalalithaa

<p>The death of one of India’s most popular and controversial politicians, Jayaram Jayalalithaa has sparked mass mourning in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.</p> <p>As chief minister there several times, she attracted a cult following among supporters some of whom viewed the former film star almost as a goddess.</p> <p>The 68-year-old died late on Monday after suffering a heart attack in the state capital of Chennai where she had been treated in hospital for over two months.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">India's southern leader Jayalalithaa dies, setting off outpouring of grief as supporters gather in streets: <a href="https://t.co/uN5hfRpYbP">https://t.co/uN5hfRpYbP</a> <a href="https://t.co/V6izBhZ0qR">pic.twitter.com/V6izBhZ0qR</a></p>— Reuters India (@ReutersIndia) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReutersIndia/status/805857203265634304">5 décembre 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p>Tens of thousands of people gathered outside a memorial hall in Chennai, where Jayalalithaa’s body lay draped in the Indian flag. Many wailed and beat their chests in grief. </p> <p>Security has been stepped up amid fears supporters would react erratically to her death.</p> <p>“She was not only our leader, she was our god,” said Paasarai Jeeva, a woman who said she had <br /> been camping outside the hospital for a week.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a former film star who went on to become a powerful and controversial politician, dies at 68 <a href="https://t.co/5ygICfTsTg">https://t.co/5ygICfTsTg</a></p>— AFP news agency (@AFP) <a href="https://twitter.com/AFP/status/805881531118088193">5 décembre 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p>Despite corruption claims that saw her spend time in jail, Jayaram Jayalalitha – known fondly as ‘Amma’ or mother – remained hugely popular, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi attending her funeral on Tuesday.</p> <p>“Jayalalithaa ji’s connect with the citizens, concern for welfare of the poor, the women and marginalized will always be a source of inspiration,” Modi said.</p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Deeply saddened at the passing away of Selvi Jayalalithaa. Her demise has left a huge void in Indian politics.</p>— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) <a href="https://twitter.com/narendramodi/status/805849401574834176">5 décembre 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <br /> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="fr"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jayalalithaa ji’s connect with citizens, concern for welfare of the poor, the women & marginalized will always be a source of inspiration.</p>— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) <a href="https://twitter.com/narendramodi/status/805849612992925696">5 décembre 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>State authorities have declared seven days of mourning for Jayaram Jayalalithaa who starred in more than 100 films from the 1960s.</p> <br /> <p><em>with Reuters</em></p>