‘Bold, efficient, a visionary’: Leaders pay tribute to Jayalalithaa
Tamil Nadu’s chief minister and one of the country’s most popular political leaders, J. Jayalalithaa, died after a prolonged illness, hospital authorities announced late Monday night.Updated: Dec 06, 2016 10:31 IST
Tamil Nadu’s chief minister and one of the country’s most popular political leaders, J. Jayalalithaa, died after a prolonged illness, hospital authorities announced late Monday night.
“It is with indescribable grief, we announce the sad demise of our esteemed honourable chief minister of Tamil Nadu ... at 11:30pm today (December 5),” Chennai’s Apollo Hospital said in a statement released to the media.
Doctors had been treating the 68-year-old former film star, who enjoys an almost god-like status in Tamil Nadu.
Hundreds of devotees have kept a round-the-clock vigil outside the private hospital in the state capital Chennai since she was first admitted in September suffering from a fever. Their numbers have swelled since her condition worsened on Sunday.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offered his condolences over her demise.
I will always cherish the innumerable occasions when I had the opportunity to interact with Jayalalithaa ji. May her soul rest in peace.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) December 5, 2016
Her political party, AIADMK, on Twitter said:
Our beloved leader, The Iron Lady of India Puratchi Thalaivi Amma is no more.— AIADMK (@AIADMKOfficial) December 5, 2016
Leaders cutting across party lines and from different states in the country tweeted their condolences.
We lost a great leader today.Women,farmers,fishermen &the marginalised dreamt through her eyes.We will miss Jayalalithaa ji,Amma to millions— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) December 5, 2016
Congress President, Smt. Sonia Gandhi condoles Selvi J.Jayalalithaa's death & pays homage. pic.twitter.com/SaQlk3gZAb— Randeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) December 5, 2016
तमिलनाडु की मुख्यमंत्री जयललिता जी का निधन दुखद. ईश्वर उनकी आत्मा को शांति दें. बिहार में एक दिन का राजकीय शोक घोषित.— Nitish Kumar (@NitishKumar) December 5, 2016
Selvi Jayalalithaa was one of the most iconic political figures of India who had an enormous impact on the people of Tamil Nadu.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) December 5, 2016
V sad to hear the demise of Amma. A very very popular leader. Aam admi's leader. May her soul rest in peace.— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 5, 2016
Heartfelt condolence on the death of Selvi Jayalalithaa. She was an extraordinary politician, exhibiting unique leadership qualities.— CMO Kerala (@CMOKerala) December 5, 2016
In deep anguish over the demise of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa, a long-time friend & a leader with indomitable spirit who is loved by all.1/2— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) December 5, 2016
Popular,strong,bold,efficient, people- friendly,charismatic leader,— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) December 5, 2016
Amma.Always at the heart of people. Big loss.I am shocked,saddened 1/2
One of India’s most charismatic & popular leaders, Ms. Jayalalithaa was a visionary & able administrator #PresidentMukherjee— President of India (@RashtrapatiBhvn) December 5, 2016
Deeply saddened to hear demise of #Amma , a Pro poor, Popular,Bold, Strong & result oriented Leader of country.Truly u wil be dearly missed— Lalu Prasad Yadav (@laluprasadrjd) December 5, 2016
Deeply saddened by the demise of Jayalalithaa Ji; one of the most inspirational women leaders of the country. #Prayers— Sukhbir Singh Badal (@officeofssbadal) December 5, 2016
Jayalalithaa had earned the loyalty of many voters in the state with a series of highly populist schemes, including “Amma canteens” that provided lunch for just three rupees (five cents).
She was also one of the country’s most polarising politicians, accused of being dictatorial and was even jailed for corruption.
Thousands of directors, actors and producers in the successful Tamil language film industry went on hunger strike to demand her release.
First Published: Dec 06, 2016 01:33 IST