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Indian state on alert after leader’s cardiac arrest

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Jayalalithaa-JayaramCHENNAI: Authorities in southern India put police on high alert Monday, fearing an outbreak of civil unrest after one of the country’s most popular leaders Jayalalithaa Jayaram suffered a cardiac arrest.

Doctors treating the 68-year-old former film star, who enjoys an almost god-like status in the southern state of Tamil Nadu which she rules as chief minister, said she was in critical condition and had been admitted to intensive care.

Hundreds of supporters have kept a round-the-clock vigil outside the private Apollo hospital in the state capital Chennai since she was first admitted in September suffering from a fever.

On Monday television footage showed crowds praying for the chief minister, who is known simply as “Amma” (mother), many of them in tears.

“Amma should survive. I won’t mind if my life is taken away, but Amma should live,” one supporter cried….

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