Lakhs throng to pay last respects to Jaya

Lakhs throng to pay last respects to Jaya

Lakhs of common people, political leaders and movie stars paid their last respects to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK General Secretary J. Jayalalithaa today who died on Monday night following a cardiac arrest.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here today to pay his last respects to Jayalalithaa who passed away last night. Clad in a white kurta and trousers, Modi paid tributes to Jayalalithaa and consolded Sasikala and Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.

A Government Order issued early this morning said the national flag would fly at half mast in all government institutions during the period of mourning.

All the roads led to the Rajaji Hall, the area surrounding which resembled a sea of humanity, as wailing people and chest beating women, waited in the queue to have a glimpse of their leader for one last time.

Jayalalithaa, a popular leader who showered the poor with populist programmes, died last night at a private hospital in Chennai after battling for life for 75 days.

All the state Ministers were seen sitting on the stairs in front of Jayalalithaa’s body, before they chose to stand near the body as the crowd started swelling with every passing second.