Politicians pay rich tributes to Jayalalithaa

first_imgPresident Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, several Union Ministers, Chief Ministers, MPs and leaders of several political parties, including DMK paid rich tributes to J Jayalalithaa who breathed her last late on Monday night.PRESIDENT PRANAB MUKHERJEEI am deeply sad on the demise of Jayalalithaa ji. She first entered into Rajya Sabha in early 80s. She had wonderful mastery over facts and theories. I had interacted with her on many occasions. She was a fighter and till the last moment, she fought against the cruelty of disease and suffering. However, she lost the last battle. I pay my respectful homage to her.VICE PRESIDENT HAMID ANSARIJayalalithaa’s demise is an irreparable loss to the people of India.PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODIDeeply saddened at the passing away of Selvi Jayalalithaa. Her demise has left a huge void in Indian politics. Jayalalithaa ji’s connect with citizens, concern for welfare of the poor, the women and the marginalised will always be a source of inspiration.BJP PRESIDENT AMIT SHAHSaddened by the demise of Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa ji. I extend my deepest condolences to her party and followers in this hour of grief.LOK SABHA SPEAKER SUMITRA MAHAJANJ Jayalalithaa ji was not only strong but also a good administrator. It is a big setback for politics. Not just Tamil Nadu but entire nation mourns the demise of Jayalalithaa ji. She was a very good administrator.EXTERNAL AFFAIRS MINISTER SUSHMA SWARAJadvertisementIt is tragic. It is painful. She was a woman of dignity and self-respect. We shared a warm personal relationship.HOME MINISTER RAJNATH SINGHShe was an icon in Indian politics. I condole the bereaved. This is a huge loss, especially to Tamil Nadu politics.FINANCE MINISTER ARUN JAITLEYSaddened by the untimely passing away of J Jayalalithaa ji, an exceptional leader and Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Tamil Nadu, may God bless the noble soul and give strength to bear the irreparable loss.ROAD TRANSPORT AND HIGHWAYS MINISTER NITIN GADKARILoss for country and Tamil Nadu politics. I believe Jayalalithaa’s party will definitely follow the path that she has shown.INFORMATION AND BROADCASTING MINISTER VENKAIAH NAIDUFelt very sad about the demise of Madam Selvi Jayalalitha. I had hopes (of her recovery) till the last movement. The doctors made every possible attempt. Her demise is a big loss to country. She was an able administrator who had conviction and courage. I appeal to Tamil Nadu people to maintain calm and peace. See, tributes are paid in a dignified manner. That is a fitting tribute we can pay to departing leader.MINORITIES AFFAIRS MINISTER MA NAQVIShe was a very dynamic and committed leader. Her life was committed to the poor and downtrodden of Tamil Nadu and her loss cannot be compensated.HRD MINISTER PRAKASH JAVADEKARPeople are saddened due to Jayalalithaa’s demise. She created brand ‘Amma politics’. She connected with the poor. She was connected directly to the people. She was a fighter. Her death is a loss for all.COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY MINISTER NIRMALA SITHARAMANSad to hear that CM of Tamil Nadu Selvi Jayalalitha is no more. Her life’s journey is a story of grit and perseverance.CIVIL AVIATION MINISTER ASHOK GAJAPATHI RAJUJayalalithaa will be fondly remembered for the way she encouraged and empowered women. She was a multi-lingual person. She was a charming person. Her death is a huge loss for the nation. We should take her work forward.STATISTICS AND PROGRAMME IMPLEMENTATION MINISTER SADANANDA GOWDAShe was one of the tallest leaders of our country. She was elected five times as Tamil Nadu CM. During her tenure, law and order was well maintained. She was a tough woman. All followed her orders without delay. She fought for the people of Tamil Nadu and stood by them always. She met the people’s expectation. This is a great loss. It is not possible to find someone who can match her level. She was in hospital for more than 70 days. The people prayed for her recovery. The people of Tamil Nadu think that they have lost their God. I think there will not be any law and order problem. Of course, there were some small incidents.MOS SS AHLUWALIA I had heard and read a lot about her during our university days and also seen her movies. When I came to Rajya Sabha in 1986, she was there and sitting in the front row. As far as I remember she sat in the same seat where I sat as deputy leader of opposition. She was very articulate and a dynamic person. Then I remember when AIADMK lost badly, I believe she was the lone member and she was humiliated. Later on she was put behind bars. After hearing that, I was in tears. She was the darling of the oppressed and the depressed people. The poor people have lost their messiah. It is a big void which is difficult to fill.advertisementMOS HANSRAJ AHIRShe was very popular. She rose to popularity after hard work and struggle.LEADER OF OPPOSITION IN RAJYA SABHA GHULAM NABI AZADIndia has lost one of its shining stars. Jayalalithaa ji made her mark both as an artist and a politician. I’m feeling deeply sad at her demise.CONGRESS MP P CHIDAMBARAMJayalalithaa was the most dominant political personality of Tamil Nadu in last 25 years. I share the grief of millions. She acquired a large loyal following that equaled that of her mentor MGR. She brought a hard uncompromising style to politics and governance that won praise and criticism.CONGRESS MP SHASHI THAROORShe was an iconic figure. There is no question about it. She combined the charisma of hugely popular movies star with authority in politics. She dominated the man’s world. We saw cabinet ministers prostrating in front of her. She was quite imperious as a leader with an unquestionable authority. We saw a cult in her. Amma canteen and Amma laptops gave her an amazing hold over people. I would say she was altogether a colossus on the Tamil Nadu stage. The party is completely identified with the leader here in Parliament. The members carry her photo in their pocket. They don’t ask a question without reference to Amma. She filled shoes of a charismatic leader of MGR. But not only did she fill them she appears to have exceeded them. Both nature and politics, it has led to a vacuum which people will be looking to fill, not only in AIADMK but also other parties.This is complicated and interesting times for those who follow Tamil Nadu politics. Holding the party together is the first challenge. O Panneerselvam will continue as chief minister, Thambidurai will be general secretary. So we have to see whether they work together. Tamil Nadu is a progressive state now. The question is how to guide the state forward.JDU MP SHARAD YADAVIn her passing away, the nation, especially the people of Tamil Nadu have lost a great leader and a human being. I convey my deep condolences.BJP MP SHATRUGHAN SINHAI am deeply saddened by Amma’s demise. She had a knack for always making state-centre relationship work in favour of Tamil Nadu. My heartfelt condolences.CPM MP MOHD SALEEMThis is a very sad news. I am expressing my and my party’s condolence on her demise. Hope the situation remains in control in Tamil Nadu.advertisementKARNATAKA CM SIDDARAMAIAHJ Jayalalithaa’s demise is a huge loss. I am going to Chennai to attend her last rites ceremony.BIHAR CM NITISH KUMARIt is unfortunate. It is a loss not only for Tamil Nadu politics but also for rest of the country. All of Bihar is in mourning today.UTTAR PRADESH CM AKHILESH YADAVThe country as a whole will miss the charismatic leadership of J Jayalalithaa. Her schemes for the poor will continue to inspire governance.DELHI CM ARVIND KEJRIWALVery sad to hear the demise of Amma. A very very popular leader. May her soul rest in peace.RAJASTHAN CM VASUNDHARA RAJEMy heartfelt condolences and thoughts are with the bereaved family and followers. She shall be eternally cherished for her service to the people.GUJARAT CM VIJAY RUPANIDeeply saddened by the demise of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa ji. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Tamil Nadu in this hour of grief.ANDHRA PRADESH CM N CHANDRABABU NAIDUIn deep anguish over the demise of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa. She was a long-time friend and a leader with indomitable spirit who was loved by all.MADHYA PRADESH CM SHIVRAJ SINGH CHOUHANJayalalithaa was a great leader. She changed the lives of people in Tamil Nadu with welfare schemes which is why she was called ‘Amma’.WEST BENGAL CM MAMATA BANERJEEJust got details about funeral timings of dear Amma Jayalalitha. Was very eager to be present but flight availability/timings from Kolkata not making it possible. Sending our two MPs Derek O Brien and Kalyan from Delhi on my behalf.ODISHA CM NAVEEN PATNAIKI am deeply shocked at the passing away of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Selvi J Jayalalithaa. She was a leader of the masses and had made immense contribution to the development and welfare of the people of Tamil Nadu. She enjoyed a huge mandate and was known for her administrative caliber and political sagacity. She was the iron lady of Tamil Nadu who successfully steered the state on the path of progress and prosperity. Her benevolent measures endeared her to one and all. The people of Tamil Nadu affectionately referred her as Amma. Her death is a great national loss. The people of Odisha stand in solidarity with the people of Tamil Nadu in this hour of grief and bereavement. I pray that her soul may rest in peace.ASSAM CM SARBANANDA SONOWALDeeply saddened by the demise of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa ji. India has lost one of its tallest leaders. May her soul rest in eternal peace.HIMACHAL PRADESH CM VIRBHADRA SINGHDeeply saddened by the untimely demise of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa. She has left a huge void in Dravidian politics. May her soul rest in peace.TELANGANA CM K CHANDRASHEKAR RAOI offer my deep condolences on the demise of “Tamil Nadu CM ‘Puratchi Thalaivi’ Kum Jayalalithaa”. Her political journey was a courageous one. Her demise is a deep loss to the Tamil society.DMK PRESIDENT M KARUNANIDHII offer my deep condolences on the passing away of Jayalalithaa. Wishes of lakhs of her followers will make her immortal.LEADER OF OPPOSITION IN TAMIL NADU ASSEMBLY MK STALINDeeply saddened by the demise of our CM Selvi Jayalalithaa. My deepest condolences to the party cadres and well wishers in this hour of grief. She was an iconic and courageous leader. This is an irreparable loss to the people of Tamil Nadu. She was an iron lady.US AMBASSADOR TO INDIA RICHARD R VERMAOn behalf of the United States, I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and the people of Tamil Nadu following her passing yesterday. Jayalalithaa will be remembered for her years of public service to Tamil Nadu and as a supporter of closer ties between the United States and India. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Tamil Nadu during this time of sorrow.TAMIL NADU GOVERNOR C VIDYASAGAR RAOI am deeply shocked and grieved to hear about the sad demise of Selvi J Jayalalithaa, the charismatic leader and the people’s Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. She stood as a symbol of dynamism, bravery and was known for her sagacity and sharp intellect. Affectionately called as ‘Amma’, she was an embodiment of women’s empowerment and filled with indefatigable spirit. She was known for her noble qualities and sacrificed her life for the cause of the poor and downtrodden. Jayalalithaa struggled for more than two months in the hospital and fought the death valiantly with her indomitable will power. It is sad that the clutches of death have snatched away the life of the leader of masses. I fondly remember the day she received me at the Chennai Airport when I came to assume office as the Governor of Tamil Nadu. Her affectionate gesture and kind words are still afresh in my memory. Her passing away has caused an irreparable loss to the nation in general and to Tamil Nadu in particular. I express my sincere condolences from the bottom of my heart to the people of Tamil Nadu and pray to God to rest her soul in peace.DELHI L-G NAJEEB JUNGShe was one of the greatest political leaders of contemporary India and was a source of inspiration to many. In her sad demise, India has lost a unique leader, who touched the lives of millions of people. She was an extraordinary politician with exceptional administrative skills and immense following, which made her a distinct leader in Indian politics. I pray for her departed soul. May she rest in peace. May God give strength to all her well-wishers to bear this loss with forbearance and fortitude. I join the people of India and Tamil Nadu in mourning her passing away.RJD CHIEF LALU YADAVJayalalithaa’s death is a person loss. She battled for life. She was a courageous woman. I shared a good relation with her. This is a loss for the nation. She was a pro-poor, popular, bold, strong and result oriented leader of country. She will be missed. May her soul rest in peace.LAW MINISTER RAVI SHANKAR PRASADIt is a great loss to the country. She was an iconic figure and a great human being. I had the privilege to know her rather well. The relationship started when I was the Information and Broadcasting Minister. First of all, she was a profound human being and she cared for the state.To give you two instances – we had a Chetna Yatra in 2010 with LK Advani ji through Tamil Nadu. I was there with Ananth Kumar through the entire yatra. A report came that there was a suspicious object under culvert. We had to wait and she was gracious enough to ring and say that if anything would have happened to Advani ji I would have been very embarrassed.I was also her lawyer in a couple of cases in Madras High Court and Supreme Court. Once I asked her did you think of becoming a lawyer? She said I would have loved to but family persuasion led me to be an actor.FOOD PROCESSING INDUSTRIES MINISTER HARSIMRAT KAUR BADALIt is a sad moment. The nation has lost a great leader. The schemes she launched in Tamil Nadu are great and successful.SAMAJWADI PARTY MP AMAR SIGNHJayalalithaa and I had decided to fight against BJP and Congress. She believed in numerology also. She never believed on anyone easily. She had requested Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav to become the PM.CONGRESS LEADER MANI SHANKAR AIYARJayalalithaa was always ‘number one’. She did not know the second place whether it was studies, sports or other activities. She was put into films by her mother at an early age, but since she did not know second place, she excelled there also. She became the leading cine actress of the Tamil silver screen. Once she decided to leave the film world, she never turned back. She was a dedicated and able leader, even though she was discouraged. She wanted to become PM.She was determined to fill MGR shoes even though MGR’s wife was appointed to be his successor and she managed to be the leader of AIADMK within a year or so. She was their unchallenged leader. Defeat made her strive harder. When you hit the bottom is when your trek to the top begins. Her followers will always keep her in their memory and hearts. She had earlier also kept Panneerselvam as interim CM. He is well trained for it. However, the question mark is Sasikala. She can become powerful if she wants to. She might jump into the fray now or step aside for a while. However, she will inherit the powerful political legacy.BJP MP PARESH RAWALShe was among the very rare leaders. It’s a very sad news.BJD MP AND ACTOR ANUBHAV MOHANTYI salute her. It’s an irreparable national loss. She was the iron lady of Tamil Nadu. She worked a lot for the welfare of the people. May her soul rest in peace.MAHARASHTRA CM DEVENDRA FADNAVISShe 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. She had maintained cordial relations with all political parties.JAMMU AND KASHMIR CM MEHBOOBA MUFTIJayalalithaa was a people’s CM. She was learned and compassionate, godmother for her people. I offer my condolences.DMK MP TKS ELANGOVANEnmity with her was political but her demise is a huge loss to the people of Tamil Nadu. She was bold. She respected the people from other parties who had capacity or intellectual. She was a great fighter. After Indira Gandhi, she was a lady who could capture the mind of entire country. Can’t compare Jayalalithaa with Panneerselvam. As party they have selected him and they have numbers to run the government for the next five years. A vacuum has been created in AIADMK. I don’t know how far it is going to be filled up.DMK MP BHARATHIParneerselvam is one among the leaders of the party and there are leaders senior to him in AIADMK and the government. That may pose a problem before him. Jayalalithaa had full control over the party. Whether Panneerselvam will have same footing, will have to be seen.last_img

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