Jayalalithaa to skip APJ Abdul Kalam’s funeral, deputes 7 colleagues

"I have great love and respect for Mr A P J Abdul Kalam. It is my desire to attend his funeral and pay respects to him. However, due to my health condition I am unable to undertake a journey," said Jayalalithaa.

By: PTI | Chennai | Updated: July 29, 2015 5:06 pm
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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa today said she would not attend the last rites of former President A P J Abdul Kalam in Rameswaram owing to her health condition and has deputed seven cabinet colleagues to represent her and the state government at the funeral.

The Chief Minister deputed the top four Ministers of her cabinet– O Panneerselvam, Natham R Viswanathan (Electricity), R Vaithilingam (Housing) and Edappady K Palaniswamy (Highways) to pay respects to the former President tomorrow on her behalf and the Tamil Nadu government.

Ministers for Higher Education, Youth Welfare and Sports and Revenue, P Palaniappan, S Sundararaj and R B Uthayakumar, respectively, will also pay respects, she added.

“I have also directed that a public holiday be declared tomorrow as a mark of respect to Kalam,” she added.

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    karthikeyam
    Jul 29, 2015 at 1:44 pm
    Shame on her. If it happens to be a elelction campaign she could travel even bed ridden. Defamation case against rediff is a good joke
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      Rajendra Swain
      Jul 30, 2015 at 10:51 pm
      Is it right to expensea lot in fuel.meat,alcohol,loud speaker to bark against a leader or party as every have some good principle? Is it right to collect donation to fascilate 20 times for such donation after election in the case of a leader who do ?
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        Rajendra Swain
        Jul 30, 2015 at 10:31 pm
        Thanks that Jayalalita deputed the top four Ministers of her cabinet–Electricity, R Housing,Highways to pay respects to the former President tomorrow on her behalf and the Tamil Nadu government including Ministers for Higher Education, Youth Welfare and Sports and Revenue.Thanks that she had also directed that a public holiday be declared tomorrow as a mark of respect to Kalam.
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          bigboss
          Jul 29, 2015 at 12:01 pm
          amma your excuse that your health condition is not good it not true take the example of the former air chief Singh, who gave respect to the late President APJ Abdul Kalam sitting on wheel chair, he went to Delhi airport to pay his last respect to late president. He got up from wheel chair and saluted the late president, atleast take a cue from him and attend the funeral of late president since he belonged to Tamil nadu and are its CM. may be you are having some other reasons for not attending, please reveal it to us
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            sbatra
            Jul 29, 2015 at 3:28 pm
            Sad & disappointing!!! The former President hails from Tamil Nadu. He is the best loved President of India. The Prime Minister and the three defense service chiefs were at the Delhi airport and the current President also went. She should be at the funeral. If she cannot go for this, how could she rule the state? Just like A.K Anthony not going to the funeral of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw. President Abdul Kalam visited Sam Manekshaw in the hospital and that is his greatness. If we do not recognize, appreciate and respect great Indians, it reflects badly on those people and will not augur the country well.
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