Jayalalithaa's demise a 'huge loss': K'taka CM

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

Chennai [India], Dec. 6 (ANI): Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Tuesday expressed grief over the demise of late AIADMK supremo J. Jayalalithaa and said it is a huge loss to the nation. "It's a huge loss and may her soul rest in peace," said Siddaramaiah, adding that he would attend the last rites of the late Tamil Nadu chief minister. Meanwhile, tributes are being paid to Jayalalithaa at Rajaji Hall in Chennai where her mortal remains have been kept. Preparations are currently underway at MGR Memorial at Marina beach, Chennai, for her last rites ceremony. President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are travelling to Chennai to pay their last respects to the departed soul. The Government of India has as a mark of respect to Jayalalithaa announced that the national flag will fly half-mast in the capitals of all states and UTs. The government has also decided to accord state funeral to the departed leader which will take place at 4.30 p.m. in Chennai. The 68-year old AIADMK supremo breathed her last at 11:30 p.m. at the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai. Jayalalithaa, who had suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, was admitted to the hospital on September 22 following complaints of fever and dehydration. (ANI)