CMs reach Chennai to pay tributes
Several chief ministers on Tuesday arrived here 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.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said Jayalalithaa’s efforts for the betterment of her state’s women made her ‘Amma’ (mother) in the truest sense.
“What she did for women, the mothers and daughters, made her Amma (mother). Her demise has left a vacuum in public life which cannot be filled,” he said. Paying tributes, Chouhan hailed Jayalalithaa’s welfare schemes for the people of Tamil Nadu. He said many states were intending to replicate the various welfare schemes introduced by Jayalalithaa.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called Jayalalithaa a leader of the poor.
“She was a sensitive leader, brave leader, her heart beat for the common people. In Indian political system, it is difficult to fill the vacuum. People of Delhi are also grieved over her death and I bring my condolences,” he said here. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in his condolence message said Jayalalithaa made immense contribution to the development and welfare of the people of Tamil Nadu. “I am deeply shocked by the sad demise of J Jayalalithaa.
She was the leader of the masses and made immense contribution to the development and welfare for the people of Tamil Nadu,” he said.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah also paid tributes to the 67-year-old leader, who passed away last night after battling for life for 75 days. Senior BJP leader and Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said Jayalalithaa’s death was an “irreparable loss” to Tamil Nadu.
“She has lived in the hearts of people, and living in the hearts of people. People of Tamil Nadu consider her as a mother and fondly called her Amma and Amma means so much affection,” he said.
Chaotic scenes, near-stampede situation at Rajaji Hall
Chaotic scenes and near-stampede situation prevailed many times at Rajaji Hall on Tuesday where AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa’s body was kept for people to pay their last respect. Party men and public broke police cordons to have last glimpse of their beloved leader, throwing security arrangements out of gear.
Police had a tough time controlling people as they surged forward pushing down iron barricades towards the spot where the body was kept. They entered via the Tamil Nadu Multi-Super Speciality Hospital side entrance and rushed in. For several hours, police personnel did their best to hold the iron barricades in place. However, at one point of time they found the situation uncontrollable leading to collapse of barricades.
Similarly, hundreds of party workers and anxious people pulled down a rope held by police personnel to prevent their entry into the VVIP entrance at the rear side. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi left the venue, hundreds began to march towards the fleet of stairs to the VVIP entrance. A big chunk managed to come in there and headed straight to the spot where Jaya’s body was kept. At one point the crowd began to swell, prompting VVIPs to ease the situation.