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Jayalalithaa third Tamil Nadu CM to die while in power

Jayalalithaa became the third chief minister of Tamil Nadu to die in office. Since the death of Gopinath Bordoloi in Assam in 1950, Jayalaithaa became the 16th chief minister to die in power.

india Updated: Dec 07, 2016 09:31 IST
Former Tamil  nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa passed away on Monday.
Former Tamil nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa passed away on Monday. (HTPHOTO)

In death, too, J Jayalalithaa touched another common chord with her mentor MG Ramachandran: both chief ministers passed away while in office.

Jayalalithaa also became the third CM from the state to die while in power. Both MGR and his arch rival CN Annadurai, the DMK founder, had died while in office.

After MGR demise, there was a fierce tussle within the AIADMK over the legacy of the leader. MGR’s wife, Janaki Ramachandran became the chief minister, succeeding her husband but eventually Jayalalithaa took control of the party.

Tamil Nadu and Jammu and Kashmir have seen the death of the most chief ministers while in power, three.

This year, Jayalalithaa became the second CM who died while holding power. In the first month of the year, J&K chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed died while he was running the first BJP-PDP coalition government of the state.

He died on 7 January and after a long winter, his daughter Mehebooba finally took the charge of the government.

17 CMs WHO DIED WHILE IN OFFICE
THIRD FROM TAMIL NADU As she breathed her last in Chennai’s Apollo hospital, Jayalalithaa became the third CM from her state to die while in power. Both MGR and his mentor CN Annadurai, who formed the DMK, died in the same situation. After MGR passed away, there was a fierce tussle within the AIADMK over his legacy. MGR’s wife, Janaki Ramachandran, succeeded him and became chief minister.



GOPINATH BORDOLOI
Assam
Died: 5 August 1950
RAVISHANKAR SHUKLA
Madhya Pradesh
Died: 31 December 1956
SRI KRISHNA SINHA
Bihar
Died: 31 January 1961
BIDHAN CHANDRA ROY
West Bengal
Died: 1 July 1962
MAROTRAO KANNAMWAR
Maharashtra
Died: 24 November 1963
CN ANNADURAI
Tamil Nadu
Died: 3 February 1969
GHULAM MOHD. SADIQ
Jammu & Kashmir
Died: 12 December 1971
DAYANAND BANDODKAR
Goa
Died: 12 August 1973
BARKATULLAH KHAN
Rajasthan
Died: 11 October 1973
SHEIKH ABDULLAH
Jammu and Kashmir
Died: 8 September 1982
MG RAMACHANDRAN
Tamil Nadu
Died: 24 December 1987
CHIMANBHAI PATEL
Gujarat
Died: 17 February 1994
BEANT SINGH
Punjab
Died: 31 August 1995
YS RAJASHEKHAR REDDY
Andhra Pradesh
Died: 2 September 2009
DORJEE KHANDU
Arunachal Pradesh
Died: 30 April 2011
MUFTI MOHD. SAYEED
Jammu & Kashmir
Died: 7 January 2016

Assam’s legendary politician Gopinath Bordoloi was the first chief minister to die while in power. He passed away on August 5, 1950.

While Beant Singh of Punjab was killed in a terror attack, two chief ministers, YS Rajasekhar Reddy (undivided Andhra Pradesh) and Dorjee Khandu (Arunachal Pradesh) met with tragic ends in helicopter accidents.