At the funeral, Centre and states
A number of national leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee as well as the chief ministers of several states, attended J Jayalalithaa’s funeral in Chennai Tuesday and paid their last respects.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid floral tributes to Jayalalithaa. Flanked by Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao, Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu and Pon Radhakrishnan and others, Modi placed a wreath on the body lying in state at Rajaji Hall. Clad in white, an emotional Modi, who enjoyed good personal equations with the late AIADMK leader, consoled Chief Minister O Panneerselvam who broke down. Modi also spoke to Jayalalithaa’s close confidante Sasikala.
Mukherjee placed a wreath near the casket containing the body at Rajaji Hall here. He was accompanied by Governor Rao. President Mukherjee had planned to arrive earlier but the Indian Air Force plane carrying him returned midway due to a snag, delaying his arrival.
The central government was represented by Naidu and cabinet colleague Pon Radhakrishnan.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis attended the funeral accompanied by BJP MLA from Sion Koliwada (Mumbai City) Capt R Tamil Selvan. Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik attended the funeral in the afternoon. Kerala sent a high-level delegation including Governor P Sathasivam and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, besides leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala and former chief minister Oommen Chandy who paid their respects to the departed leader. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal too attended the funeral.
Other state leaders
Telangana ministers T Harish Rao and N Narasimha Reddy attended the funeral. Trinamool Congress MPs Derek O’Brien and Kalyan Banerjee represented the party after party chief Mamata Banerjee, West Bengal Chief Minister, said she was unable to attend.
The Congress was represented by party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and party general secretary in-charge of TN affairs Mukul Wasnik.