AIADMK supporters sit in front of Apollo Hospital after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest in Chennai on Sunday. (Source: PTI)

Normal Life Unaffected In Tamil Nadu; Prayers Continue For Jayalalithaa’s Recovery

Normal life remained largely unaffected in Tamil Nadu with the state reporting no untoward incident after Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest, police said today.

Public transport like buses and train services plied as usual even as educational institutions remained open, police said.

Although the AIADMK government has not declared a holiday for educational institutions, some of them remained closed with respective managements taking a decision in this regard.

Even where schools were open, poor attendance was reported. Government and aided schools, however, functioned normally.

Commercial establishments, including petrol stations, many of which had closed last night following a setback in the chief minister's health, largely remained open, police said.

Hotels and restaurants served customers as usual.

68-year-old Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospital on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration, and later treated for infection and respiratory problems.

On Sunday, she suffered a cardiac arrest. She has been put on extra corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), a heart assist device, and is at present under the watch of experts, including cardiologists.

The Tamil Nadu chief minister remains in a "grave situation" despite the best efforts of doctors, Apollo Hospitals said on Monday.

"Despite our best efforts, our beloved CM remains in a grave situation," Apollo Hospital's Joint Managing Director Sangeeta Reddy said in a Twitter post.

Meanwhile, AIADMK workers offered prayers in places of worship across the state for their leader's speedy recovery.