Cabinet passes resolution on Jayalalithaa's demise

| Updated: Dec 08, 2016 02:43 IST

New Delhi [India], Dec. 7 (ANI): The Union Cabinet met under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and condoled the demise of former Tamil Nadu chief minister Selvi J. Jayalalithaa who passed away on December 5 at Chennai's Apollo Hospital. The Cabinet observed two minute silence in her memory and passed a condolence resolution. The Cabinet expresses profound sorrow at the sad demise of Jayalalithaa. The resolution stated, "In her passing away, the country has lost a veteran and distinguished leader, affectionately called "Amma". Born on February 24, 1948 at Mysore, Selvi J. Jayalalithaa got her education at the Bishop Cotton Girls' High School at Bengaluru and the Presentation Convent Church Park at Chennai." "She had a prolific career in films made in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, English and Malayalam. She also made her mark in classical dances such as Bharatnatyam, Mohini Attam, Kathak and Manipuri. She was honoured with Kalaimamani award by the Tamil Nadu Government in 1972," it added. It further said that Jayalalithaa entered politics and became a member in AIADMK in 1982. "She was elected as a Member of Parliament to the Rajya Sabha in 1984. She was elected to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly in 1989. She was instrumental in the victory of AIADMK in the General Elections to the Lok Sabha and to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly in 1984. In 1989, she became the first woman Leader of the Opposition in Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly," it added. "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. Extending its heartfelt condolences to the people of Tamil Nadu on behalf of the government and the entire nation, the Cabinet said the people of the state have lost their popular leader. (ANI)
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