Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao today paid rich tributes to departed Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, hailing her as an embodiment of women empowerment.
Jayalalithaa “stood as a symbol of dynamism, bravery and was known for sharp intellect,” he said at the swearing-in of O Panneerselvam as Chief Minister of the state following the AIADMK supremo’s death.
“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,” he said.
He said Jayalalithaa ‘struggled’ for more than two months in the hospital and fought death valiantly with her indomitable will power.
“It is sad that the clutches of death have snatched away the life of the leader of the masses,” Rao said.
He also recalled that she had affectionately received him when he came here to assume additional charge as the Tamil Nadu Governor.
Jayalalithaa’s passing away has caused an irreparable loss to the nation in general and Tamil Nadu in particular, Rao said.
“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,” he added.