President, Prime Minister, Other national leaders mourns at Jayalalithaa’s death….reports Asian Lite News
President Pranab Mukherjee condoled the death of Jayalalithaa, saying he was “extremely sad” as the country lost “a visionary leader”. In a condolence message to Vidyasagar Rao, the Tamil Nadu Governor, Mukherjee said the country “has lost an icon who was loved and admired by millions”.
“She was regarded one of India’s most charismatic and popular leaders,” Mukherjee said. President Pranab Mukherjee will visit Chennai to pay his respects to Jayalalithaa.
“The President will travel to Chennai today (Tuesday) to pay last respects to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayaraman Jayalalithaa,” an official release said.
Condoling her death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet said: “Deeply saddened at the passing away of Selvi Jayalalithaa. Her demise has left a huge void in Indian politics.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for Chennai on Tuesday to pay his last respect to the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa. He will visit Rajaji Hall and lay wreath on the mortal remains of Jayalalithaa.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday condoled the death of J. Jayalalithaa, saying she lived her life with same “indomitable courage with which she battled her last illness”.
“I am deeply grieved to learn of the passing away of Selvi J. Jayalalithaa,” said Gandhi in a statement.
“As the leader of the AIADMK and as four-times Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, she had a unique and deep empathy with the needs and hopes of the people, and put in place policies that immeasurably improved their lives.
“Whether it was her welfare schemes for the rural and urban poor, her swift relief measures in the aftermath of Tsunami or her vision for Tamil Nadu’s industrial development, her leadership qualities and administrative abilities were truly outstanding,” said the Congress chief.
“The Congress party, my family and I personally share the grief and pain of the people of Tamil Nadu and her devoted supporters in the AIADMK, who have lost their beloved ‘Amma’,” Gandhi said.
“She was a towering figure in our national and political life, who won admiration across the political spectrum for the intrepid spirit with which she faced the ups and downs of her life in politics, for her commitment to the people of her state, and her dedication to the honour of India,” she added.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday condoled the death Jayalalithaa, calling her the leader of marginalised.
“We lost a great leader. Women, farmers, fishermen and the marginalised dreamt through her eyes. We will miss Jayalalithaaji, Amma to millions,” Gandhi tweeted
Expressing shock at the death of her Tamil Nadu counterpart West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said it was a “big loss”. Paying tributes to the AIADMK leader, Banerjee described her as “popular, strong, bold, efficient, people-friendly, charismatic leader”.
“Amma. Always at the heart of people. Big loss. I am shocked, saddened,” Banerjee tweeted.
She called upon “the people of Tamil Nadu and AIADMK to face this big loss with courage and greatness.
“May she Rest in Peace,” The Trinamool Congress leader said.
Senior BJP leaders including Former Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani and party President Amit Shah on Tuesday condloled the death late Tamil nadu Chief Minister.
“I am deeply grieved to learn about the sad demise of J. Jayalalithaa. She was dominant political personality from Tamil Nadu and was a very popular, dynamic leader of the poor and down trodden,” Advani said in a statement.
Advani said: “She had tremendous will power and had carved a special niche for herself in politics. She was referred to as queen of Tamil cinema.”
“May the departed soul rest in peace,” he added.
While mourning the passing away of Jayalalithaa, Amit Shah, said: “I am saddened by the demise of Jayalalithaaji. I extend my deepest condolences to her party and followers in this hour of grief.”
“Her work as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and love for the people of state will always be remembered. Her tireless and relentless work has brought about a sea change in the politics and working of Tamil Nadu… I pray for peace in this extremely difficult time,” he added.
Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar termed Jayalalithaa a “very popular” leader and an able administrator.
“She created “Brand Amma”, a different kind of pro poor politics. My heartfelt condolences,” he added.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting M. Venkaiah Naidu and Minister of State for Road Transport and Highway P. Radhakrishnan will represent the central government at the charismatic AIADMK leader’s funeral.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will on Tuesday visit Chennai to pay his last respects to the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha, official sources said.
Kejriwal will arrive in Chennai at around 12.30 p.m., and visit Rajaji Hall to pay homage to the deceased AIADKM leader. Kejriwal on Monday night condoling Jayalalithaa’s death tweeted: “Very sad to hear the demise of ‘Amma’. A very very popular leader. Aam Aadmi’s leader. May her soul rest in peace.”
Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Tuesday condoled the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.
In a message released by her party, the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister described the late AIADMK leader as “popular, far-sighted and an able administrator” who championed the cause of the poor, downtrodden and the marginalised sections of the society.
Mayawati expressed her solidarity with the followers, supporters and family members of Jayalalithaa
The Kerala government declared a holiday on Tuesday to mourn the demise of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa. All government offices and educational institutions will remain closed.