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Indian state’s leader refuses to give way to successor

CHENNAI: The chief minister of India's Tamil Nadu state on Wednesday refused to give way to his anointed successor, threatening to plunge the prosperous southern region into chaos months after the death of its popular leader. O Panneerselvam took over as chief minister after Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a former film star who enjoyed an almost god-like status in the state of 78 million people, died in December. On Sunday his party unexpectedly announced he had resigned and that Jayalalithaa's former aide VK Sasikala -- a…

Indian state CM Jayalalithaa Jayaram passes away

CHENNAI: Jayalalithaa Jayaram, the chief minister of south India's Tamil Nadu state and one of the country's most popular political leaders, died after a prolonged illness, hospital authorities announced late Monday night. "It is with indescribable grief, we announce the sad demise of our esteemed honourable chief minister of Tamil Nadu ... at 11:30pm (local time) today (December 5)," Chennai's Apollo Hospital said in a statement released to the media. Doctors had been treating the 68-year-old former film star, who…

Indian state tense as Jayalalithaa Jayaram critically ill

CHENNAI: Scuffles broke out Monday outside the hospital where one of India’s most popular political leaders Jayalalithaa Jayaram is on life support after suffering a cardiac arrest.   Hundreds of police had to hold back supporters of the chief minister of the southern state of Tamil Nadu when they tried to break through the barricades outside the hospital after media reports - later denied - that she had died. Doctors treating the 68-year-old former film star, who enjoys an almost god-like status in Tamil Nadu, say she…