Maharashtra Assembly on Tuesday paid rich tributes to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who passed away late last night, and adjourned for the day as a mark of respect for the departed leader. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Congress leader Patangrao Kadam, Ajit Pawar from NCP, PWP’s Ganpatrao Deshmukh and state PWD Minister Eknath Shinde paid tributes to Jayalalithaa before the House was adjoured after adopting a condolence motion. Speaker Haribhau Bagde was in Chair.
Recalling Jayalalithaa’s contributions in the fields of films and politics spread over four decades, Fadnavis said, “She was one of the most respected leaders in the Tamil Nadu politics who earned the affectionate title of ‘Amma’ on account of her deep concern for the people.”
He recalled that she had maintained cordial relations with all political parties.
Pawar described her popularity on account of such widely appreciated welfare measures like the ‘Amma’ meals where food is provided at cheaper rates.
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The House observed a two-minute silence as a mark of respect for the departed soul.
Jayalalithaa, a popular leader who showered the poor with populist programmes, died last night at a private hospital in Chennai after battling for life for 75 days.