PM Modi pays homage to Jaya in Chennai


After entering politics, she proved to a stalwart leader and announced a string of initiatives for the people of Tamil Nadu. All these have now created an environment in Tamil Nadu, which is not ready to accept that she is no more.

Clad in a black saree, a sombre-looking Sasikala Natarajan, who remained a wall of support for Jayalalithaa through thick and thin, remained beside the casket of the departed leader as people filed past it paying their homage.

The 68-year-old leader, among the tallest leaders of Tamil Nadu, died at 11.30 p.m. on Monday night after suffering a cardiac arrest on Sunday. The feature rightly points out that Jayalalithaa's death would create a huge political void in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Describing Jayalalithaa as a "charismatic personality", Mr. Ansari said her contribution to the economic development of the deprived sections of society would be cherished.

President Pranab Mukherjee cancelled his other engagements to also fly to Chennai on Tuesday. Her body draped in a green and red Kanjeevaram sari, lay in state from 5am at Rajaji Hall, a few kilometres from where she was buried. With him, 31 other ministers also took the oath.

Earlier this year, Jayalalithaa beat a almost three-decade-long tradition to be re-elected as chief minister.

"Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who too had counted the AIADMK leader as an ally for years, said Jayalalithaa lived the entire life with the same "indomitable courage with which she battled her last illness". Is spoke about the rise of Amma phenomenon and how she turned into a mother-like figure.

In death, the AIADMK leader earned a pan-India respectability that eluded her during the almost three decades she spent in politics. Her sweep in the state showed that though she was the unquestioned monarch of Tamil Nadu, she did not have a true national appeal.

Shah Rukh Khan tweeted "Sad to hear of the passing away of Jayalalithaaji..."

While there were worries that Jayalalithaa's passing would spark incidents of violence, there were no reports of violence recorded since the news of her passing.

Jayalalithaa was admitted to the Apollo hospital on September 22 with fever and dehydration. So schools and colleges will be closed for 7 days.

When she became the chief minister, she was given a cheque as her first salary but she denied it.