Jaya a source of inspiration says Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who enjoyed a good personal equation with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, tonight expressed deep sadness over her demise and said it has left "a huge void in Indian politics".
Hailing the AIADMK supremo who passed away at a Chennai hospital tonight, PM Modi said her connect with citizens, concern for welfare of the poor, the women and marginalised will always be "a source of inspiration".
He said he would always cherish the innumerable occasions when "I had the opportunity to interact with Jayalalithaaji. May her soul rest in peace."
Jayalalithaa, a popular leader who showered the poor with populist programmes and a pole in state politics for three decades, died at a private hospital in Chennai after battling for life for the past 75 days.
The 68-year-old leader, who suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, passed away at 11:30 pm on Monday, the Apollo Hospitals said in a statement.