The country is paying rich tributes to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa who passed away on Monday night in Chennai’s Apollo Hospital.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi flew down to Chennai on Tuesday and paid floral tributes her floral tributes. Flanked by Governor Vidyasagar Rao, Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu and Pon Radhakrishnan and others, Modi placed a wreath on the body which was lying in state at Rajaji Hall.
Clad in white, an emotional Modi, who enjoyed a good personal equation with the late AIADMK leader, consoled Chief Minister O Panneerselvam who broke down. Modi also spoke to Jayalalithaa’s close confidante Sasikala
However, lakhs of supporters of Jayalalithaa mourned her death and expressed their tributes:
Police had to resort to lathi-charge to control the crowds:
Supporters mourned her death:
Shops and offices remained closed:
Her supporters outside Tamil Nadu also expressed tributes:
(Feature image source: PTI)
(With inputs from PTI)