PM to visit Chennai to pay tributes to Jayalalithaa

  • PM to visit Chennai to pay tributes to Jayalalithaa

PM to visit Chennai to pay tributes to Jayalalithaa

A supporter of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa holds her photo.

A near total shutdown like situation prevailed in the city and several other parts of the state since last evening itself.

Jayalalithaa's body was taken to her residence at Poes Garden on Tuesday.

"She became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu in 1991 and served the State as Chief Minister from June, 1991 to May, 1996, from May, 2001 to September, 2001, from March, 2002 to May, 2006, from May, 2011 to September, 2014 and from May, 2015 to 5.12.2016", it said.

The state government has declared a holiday on Tuesday for its offices and three-days for educational institutions as a mark of respect to the departed leader.

At one time it seemed she was on the road to recovery but that proved to be an illusion.

"Though Jayalalithaa has left this world and entered into the pages of history, she will be remembered forever in Tamil Nadu".

In a series of tweets last night, the Prime Minister, who enjoyed a good personal equation with the late leader, said he was "deeply saddened at the passing away of Selvi Jayalalithaa. In 1989, she became the first woman Leader of the Opposition in Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly", it added.

"Her life was dedicated to the socio-economic transformation of Tamil Nadu and its people".

He recalled her ability to connect with people and the welfare programmes she carried out. It is common knowledge that she wielded enormous power, particularly during the last few months when Jayalalithaa's health started deteriorating. May her soul rest in peace.