J Jayalalithaa, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and one of India's most powerful and popular politicians, had a cardiac arrest this evening in the Chennai hospital where she has spent the last three months being treated for a prolonged lung infection.
"She is being treated and monitored by a team of experts, including cardiologists, pulmonologist and critical care specialists," Chief Operating Officer and head of transformation of Apollo Hospital Dr Subbaiah Viswanathan said in a statement.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao to inquire about Jayalalithaa's health. Mr Rao, who holds the charge of Tamil Nadu besides Maharashtra, told the Home Minister that he is leaving for Chennai.
Supporters of the AIADMK leader started gathering outside the Apollo Hospital in Chennai as news of the Jayalalithaa's health poured in.