For one who was only a regional politician, albeit with national ambitions, the country’s who’s who in politics paid tributes to late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.
In death, the AIADMK leader earned a pan-India respectability. Meanwhile today, people across Tamil Nadu will carry out silent processions to pay tributes to her.
Jayalalithaa was laid to rest at the Marina Beach here on Tuesday evening as President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined the nation to pay their last respects to the iconic actor-turned-politician.
Several chief ministers on Tuesday arrived in Chennai to pay their last respects to J Jayalalithaa and hailed their late Tamil Nadu counterpart for being a leader of the masses whose demise has left a “vacuum in public life” that cannot be filled.
The Centre on Tuesday declared one-day State mourning across the country in view of the demise of Jayalalithaa and said the national flag will fly at half-mast in all state capitals including Delhi.
Meanwhile, a trusted lieutenant and staunch loyalist of Jayalalithaa, O Panneerselvam, who became the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the third time, faces the challenge of keeping the AIADMK together as it tries to reinvent itself without the charismatic party supremo.