Jayalalithaa death: Her contribution to Tamil Nadu will long be remembered, says President Pranab

Despite numerous controversies surrounding her political career, Jayalalithaa has long enjoyed a cult-like following in the state, largely due to her populist and pro-poor schemes.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 6, 2016 12:20:44 pm
Jayalalithaa, live updates, Jayalalithaa passes away, Jayalalithaa death, Jayalalithaa dead, Jayalalithaa-Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu news, India news, Indian Express Former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa passed away late Monday night.

Expressing condolences over the demise of J Jayalalithaa, President Pranab Mukerjee has said that the former Tamil Nadu chief minister’s contribution to the progress and development of the state will be long remembered.

Jayalalithaa, who suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Sunday evening at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai where she had been undergoing treatment since September 22, passed away at the age of 68.

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“One of India’s most charismatic and popular leaders, Ms. Jayalalithaa was a visionary and able administrator,” Mukherjee said on Twitter. “Her life was dedicated to the socio-economic transformation of Tamil Nadu and its people.”

Despite numerous controversies surrounding her political career, Jayalalithaa has long enjoyed a cult-like following in the state, largely due to her populist and pro-poor schemes. “In her passing away, the nation has lost an icon who was loved and admired by millions,” the President added.

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Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will join a chorus of political leaders who will travel to Chennai to pay their last respects to the four-time Chief Minister. Meanwhile, the Centre has declared a one-day state mourning on Tuesday in light of the demise of the six-time chief minister.

The central government will also accord state funeral to Jayalalithaa.

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