Jayalalithaa death: December a fateful month for Tamil Nadu ?

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December seems to be jinxed for Tamil Nadu as it witnessed yet another major loss with AIADMK supremo and chief minister J Jayalalithaa joining a list of iconic leaders whose end came in the last month of the year.

A woman walks past a portrait of J. Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of the southern state of Tamil Nadu, in Chennai, India, March 13, 2012. REUTERS/Babu/File Photo
A woman walks past a portrait of J. Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of the southern state of Tamil Nadu, in Chennai, India, March 13, 2012. REUTERS/Babu/File Photo

While AIADMK founder and charismatic actor-turned politician MGR died on December 24, 1987, his protege Jayalalithaa breathed her last on Monday, in a tragic coincidence of their end coming in the same month.

Both leaders had also gone through prolonged period of illness before their end came.

C Rajagopalachari, the last Governor General of India, passed away on December 25, 1972 while rationalist leader “Periyar” E V Ramasamy died on 24 December, 1972, both aged 94.

Nature too had played havoc with citizens of the state in the last month of the year.

The killer tsunami of 2004 struck on 26 December, while the torrential unprecedented downpour in December 2015 left a scar in the minds of many harried citizens of Chennai, Kancheepuram, Cuddalore, Tiruvallore and Thoothukudi.

(With inputs from PTI)

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