Jayalalithaa buried with full state honours

Updated: Dec 07, 2016, 11:14 IST | Agencies |

Lakhs of grieving men and women yesterday bid a tearful adieu to J Jayalalithaa, the charismatic Chief Minister who held sway over Tamil Nadu politics for more than three decades with a pro-poor image, as the AIADMK supremo was buried here with full state honours

Supporters at the funeral procession of Tamil Nadu’s former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa
Supporters at the funeral procession of Tamil Nadu’s former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa

Chennai: Lakhs of grieving men and women yesterday bid a tearful adieu to J Jayalalithaa, the charismatic Chief Minister who held sway over Tamil Nadu politics for more than three decades with a pro-poor image, as the AIADMK supremo was buried here with full state honours.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi consoles TN Chief Minister O Panneerselvam while paying his last respects to Jayalalithaa
Prime Minister Narendra Modi consoles TN Chief Minister O Panneerselvam while paying his last respects to Jayalalithaa

President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, his counterparts from several states, Governor Vidyasagar Rao, DMK leader M K Stalin and superstar Rajnikanth were among the dignitaries who paid homage at Rajaji Hall where the body of 68-year-old Jayalalithaa lay in state since early morning.

Mourners wait for a glimpse of Jayalalithaa during her funeral. Pics/PTI, AFP
Mourners wait for a glimpse of Jayalalithaa during her funeral. Pics/PTI, AFP

Sasikala Natarajan, the close confidante of Jayalalithaa for over three decades, was beside the body throughout the day and later conducted the religious rituals before the sandalwood casket was lowered at a site close to MGR memorial on the shores of Marina beach.

No sooner had the brief rituals concluded at around 6 PM, the casket carrying the mortal remains of the five-time chief minister was lowered after a gun salute amid emotional chants of 'Amma Vazhga' (Long Live Amma) by a sea of humanity which had converged at the burial site.

Parliament adjourned
Both houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day yesterday soon after members paid tributes to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

Clad in favourite green saree for final journey
In death too, Jayalalithaa was in her favourite green colour saree. When her body was taken from her Poes Garden residence early yesterday morning to Rajaji Hall, it was draped in her trademark green saree, though with a red border. According to some AIADMK workers, green was Jayalalithaa's lucky and favourite colour.

2 tonne flowers, 40 workers in Jaya’s procession truck
Over two tonne of flowers from several destinations were used by about 40 workers who worked for 10 hours to prepare the Army truck and gun carriage for her final journey.

NGOs, parties help the needy
Some NGOs and political parties arranged food and transport to the needy and stranded, due to the non-availability of eateries while vehicles remained off the roads yesterday as a mark of respect.

Tributes

Sachin Tendulkar: Saddened by the demise of Hon'ble CM of TN Selvi J Jayalalithaa, truly loved by all. May god give the strength to overcome this loss #RIPAmma.

AR Rahman: Respect and condolences to all the people who love Puratchi Thalaivi Jayalalithaa...We will miss her forever.

Anand Mahindra: Saddened by Jayalalithaaji's demise. Got to know her when she inaugurated Mahindra Ford's Chennai plant & then Mahindra World City.

Arvind Kejriwal: Very sad to hear the demise of Amma. A very very popular leader. Aam admi's leader. May her soul rest in peace.

Sushma Swaraj: It is tragic. It is painful. She was a woman of dignity and self-respect. We shared a warm personal relationship

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