The President of India Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the passing away of Jayaraman Jayalalithaa, AIADMK supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.
In a condolence message to Ch. Vidyasagar Rao, the Governor of Tamil Nadu, the President has said, “I am extremely sad to learn about the sad demise of Ms. Jayaram Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.”
He further said, “Popularly known as ‘Amma’ and ‘Puratchi Thalaivi’, Ms. Jayalalithaa was a talented film star as well as a visionary leader and administrator who distinguished herself through her political acumen and people friendly programs. She was regarded one of India’s most charismatic and popular leaders.”
The actress-turned-politician, J Jayalalithaa, passed away at the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai at 11.30 last night after waging a grim battle for life since her hospitalisation on September 22, as per the media reports.
The 68-year-old leader had suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Sunday evening.
Prime Minister Modi said, “Deeply saddened at the passing away of Selvi Jayalalithaa. Her demise has left a huge void in Indian politics. Jayalalithaa ji’s connect with citizens, concern for welfare of the poor, the women & marginalized will always be a source of inspiration.”
The Centre has declared one-day state mourning on Tuesday in view of the demise of six-time Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, as per the PTI report.
The national flag on all government buildings across the country will be flown at half-mast throughout the day, a Home Ministry spokesperson has said.
The central government will also accord a state funeral to Jayalalithaa.