At last the eventual has happened. After lots of speculations and rumours, poor man’s ‘Amma” has left to abode at around 11.30 PM on Monday the 5 December. After 75 days of hospitalisation and recovery, on 5 December mornignshe had a crucial cardiac attack which has put an end to the legendary life of Puratchi thalaivi Dr. J Jayalalitha, fondly and respectfully called as ‘Amma’.
On February 24, 1948, Jayalalithaa is born in Melukote, in the then Mysore State, presently in the state of Karnataka, to Jayaram and Vedavalli.
In 1950, Jayalalitha’s father Jayaram dies and Vedavalli goes to live with her parents in Bangalore.
In 1952, Jayalalithaa and her brother remained with her aunt in Bangalore as her mother, Vedavalli, moves to Madras to find a job.
Jayalalithaa goes to the elite Bishop Cottons Girls School.
In 1958 Jayalalithaa moves to Madras to live with her mother, after her aunt gets married.
She got enrolled in the elite Sacred Heart Presentation Convent, popularly known as Church Park, where she excels in academics.
She got trained in Carnatic music and Bharatanatyam and Kathak.
In 1964, She makes her film debut in a lead role in 'Chinnada Gombe' a Kannada film to support her debt-ridden family.
In 1965, Jayalalithaa debuts in Tamil film in the landmark blockbuster hit, 'Venniraadai'.
Same year, she stars in a film, 'Aayirathil Oruvan', with Tamil cinema's biggest star MG Ramachandran (MGR).
That was the beginning of what remains the most successful screen pairings in Tamil cinema, as well as one of the most critical relationships in her life.
The period 1965 - 1980 was the peak of Jayalalithaa's film career. She was among the highest-paid actresses in the country at the time and endorsed top brands.
She had acted in over 140 films, of which about 120 were blockbuster hits.
During 1970, Jayalalithaa has a falling out with MGR, after he chooses to work with another leading lady.
In the year 1971, Jayalalithaa's mother Sandhya dies.
In 1973, She stars in a movie with MGR for the last time, in 'Pattikaattu Ponnaiya', a year after he split from the DMK to launch the AIADMK.
In the year 1977, Jayalalithaa took a break from films.
In 1980, again she stars in a Tamil movie, 'Nadhiyai Thedi Vandha Kadal', for the last time.
Her last film in a leading role was the Telugu film 'Nayakudu Vinayakudu'.
During 1981, she revives the relationship with MGR.
In 1982, she joins MGR's AIADMK and delivers her maiden political speech at the party conference.
In the year 1983, she was appointed as the AIADMK's propaganda secretary.
During the year 1984, she was elected to the Rajya Sabha, as MGR wants her there for her fluency in English and knowledge of several languages. She was a member of the Rajya Sabha till 1989.
She becomes a key campaigner for the AIADMK as the party wins a massive election victory despite MGR remaining hospitalized through the campaigning.
In 1986, MGR sacks Jayalalithaa from all party posts after she forms a parallel political outfit.
In the year 1987, MGR dies, leaving no clear political heir. AIADMK descends into chaos over his legacy.
In the 1989 assembly election saw Jayalalithaa faction winning 27 seats to the Janaki faction's two.
Jayalalithaa becomes Tamil Nadu's first woman Leader of Opposition.
During the budget session, she was assaulted in the Assembly Hall and a senior DMK leader attempts to disrobe her.
She took the vow that she will not return except as Chief Minister.
In the year 1991, she allied with the Congress, and storms to power as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the first time.
During 1991 - 1996, her unpopularity rises because of her perceived high-handedness, allegations of corruption among party cadre and the opulent display of wealth in the wedding of her foster son Sudhakaran.
In 1996, AIADMK was routed in the elections.
DMK government files a slew of corruption cases against her. She was arrested and remanded in prison in a corruption a case, in which she was acquitted in 2000.
Subramanian Swamy, then the chief of Janata Party files disproportionate assets case against her in August.
In 1998, AIADMK wins 18 of Tamil Nadu's 39 seats as part of the NDA, and becomes part of Vajpayee government.
During April 1999, Jayalalithaa pulls out of the NDA government, amid growing disagreements on several issues.
In October 1999, AIADMK allied with the Congress and loses seats.
In 2000, Jayalalithaa was convicted in Pleasant Stay Hotel case and the TANSI Land Acquisition case.
In May 2001, AIADMK alliance sweeps Assembly elections and won 196 of 234 seats. J Jayalalithaa was sworn in as Chief Minister amid controversy over the pending results on her convictions in the TANSI and Pleasant Stay Hotel cases.
In September 2001, Supreme Court strikes down Jayalalithaa's appointment as Chief Minister. Her loyalist O Panneerselvam is appointed Chief Minister,
About this time, she adds an 'a' at the end of her name for numerological reasons.
In December 2001, Court overturns her convictions both the TANSI and Pleasant Stay Hotel cases.
In March 2002, Jayalalithaa resumes charge as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.
In November 2003, Supreme Court shifts Disproportionate Assets Case against Jayalalithaa to Karnataka, to ensure fair trial.
In May 2004, AIADMK was wiped out in Lok Sabha elections.
In May 2006, AIADMK wins 61 seats and loses Assembly election.
In May 2009, Jayalalithaa became the part of Third Front.
In May 2011, AIADMK-led alliance sweeps the Assembly election, winning 203 of the 234 seats.
In May 2014, AIADMK wins 37 of Tamil Nadu's 39 seats, becomes third largest party in Lok Sabha.
In September 27, 2014, Bengaluru-based trial court sentences Jayalalithaa to four years imprisonment and Rs 100 crore in fines.
In October 17, 2014, After about a month in jail, she was granted bail by the Supreme Court.
In May 11, 2015, Jayalalithaa was acquitted of all charges in the Disproportionate Assets Case by the Karnataka High Court.
In May 23, 2015, She takes oath and return as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.
In July 2015, Karnataka government goes to Supreme Court to appeal the acquittal by the Karnataka High Court.
In May 2016, Jayalalithaa creates history by becoming the first Tamil Nadu Chief Minister in 32 years to be voted back to power.
During September - October 2016, Jayalalithaa was admitted to Chennai's Apollo hospital with complaints of "fever and dehydration".
She was later put on respiratory support and was treated for lung congestion.
In November 3, 2016, Apollo Hospitals says Jayalalithaa has completely recovered.
In November 19, 2016, Jayalalithaa is shifted out of the ICU.
In December 4, 2016, The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister suffers a cardiac arrest.
December 5, 2016, Jayalalithaa passes away, aged 68.
There comes an end of a legend who has been equated as mother of all by teh people of Tamil Nadu.
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