President, PM condole Amma's demise

| Updated: Aug 23, 2017 11:20 IST

New Delhi [India], Dec. 6 (ANI): Political personalities cutting across the party line joined President and Prime Minister in expressing their grief and condolences on the demise of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, who passed away at 11.30 pm Monday night after a "massive" cardiac arrest. President Pranab Mukherjee said the nation has lost an icon who was loved and admired by millions. "One of India's most charismatic & popular leaders, Ms. Jayalalithaa was a visionary & able administrator. Her contribution to the progress and development of Tamil Nadu will be long remembered," President said in a series of Tweets. Prime Minister Narendra Modi too grieved the demise of the AIADMK president, "Deeply saddened at the passing away of Selvi Jayalalithaa. Her demise has left a huge void in Indian politics. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Tamil Nadu in this hour of grief." Describing Chief Minister Jayalalithaa as a "powerful voice" of weaker sections of the society, Union Home Minister Rajanth Singh said with her demise, she has left an indelible mark in Tamil Nadu politics with her enduring legacy. "Deeply saddened to learn of the demise of Tamil Nadu CM, Selvi Jayalalithaa. She was a powerful voice for the weaker sections of the society. I pay my heartfelt tributes to the departed soul. I also appeal to the people of Tamil Nadu to remain calm in this hour of grief," he tweeted. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi also took to twitter to share, saying "We lost a great leader today. Women, farmers, fishermen and the marginalised dreamt through her eyes. We will miss Jayalalithaa ji, Amma to millions." Jayaraman Jayalalithaa died of cardiac arrest at 11.30 p.m. at the Apollo Hospitals here on Monday evening after a prolonged illness. She was 68. Her body will be kept at Rajaji Hall for people to pay last respects. Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government has declared three-day holiday for schools and colleges. Jayalalithaa was admitted to the Apollo Hospitals on September 22 with complaints of fever and de hydration and other co-morbidities. (ANI)