The sad demise of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is a timely reminder for the politicians of the country. Nothing is permanent. At the end what counts is what you have done for the people. The outpour of emotions after the death of Jayalalithaa from across the country, and more so in Tamil Nadu, is proof of the charismatic leader’s sway over the common people, so much so that even Prime Minister Narendra Modi finds Jayalalitha’s leadership inspiring.
In series of tweets since the demise of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, PM Modi not just condoled her death but also explained why she would always be a source of inspiration. “Jayalalithaa ji’s connect with citizens, concern for welfare of the poor, the women & marginalized will always be a source of inspiration,” PM Modi said. “I will always cherish the innumerable occasions when I had the opportunity to interact with Jayalalithaa ji. May her soul rest in peace,”he said in another tweet.
As soon as the news of the death of Jayalalithaa broke, PM Modi took to the twitter to express his grief. “Deeply saddened at the passing away of Selvi Jayalalithaa. Her demise has left a huge void in Indian politics. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Tamil Nadu in this hour of grief.May the Almighty grant them the strength to bear this irreparable loss with courage and fortitude,” he said in a series of tweets.
President Pranab Mukherjee too condoled the death and said the nation has lost an “icon” in her. “Popularly known as ‘Amma’ and ‘Puratchi Thalaivi’, Ms. Jayalalithaa was a talented film star as well as a visionary leader and administrator who distinguished herself through her political acumen and people friendly programs. She was regarded one of India’s most charismatic and popular leaders,” Mukherjee said in a statement.
“As Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Ms. Jayalalithaa introduced a number of pro-poor schemes in various fields, including education, food security, provision of safe drinking water, the girl child etc. Her life was dedicated to the socio-economic transformation of Tamil Nadu and its people. In her passing away, the nation has lost an icon who was loved and admired by millions,” he added.
(With PIB inputs)