Remembering late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa from the early days of his political career, President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday expressed his condolences and said that she was a fighter having a wonderful mastery over facts and theories.
The President recalled Jayalalithaa entering into the Rajya Sabha when he was the Leader of the House around early 1980’s.
New delhi:”On many occasions I had interactions with her on all subjects concerning development and administration. She had a wonderful mastery over facts and theories,” he said ahead of his departure to Chennai, where he will pay his last respects to Jayalalithaa.
Asserting that she was a fighter who fought till her last breath, President Mukherjee further said that she fought against the cruelty of disease and suffering. “All other battles she won, but perhaps everybody has to lose one battle and she has lost that,” he said.
Meanwhile, both houses of the Parliament have been adjourned for the day after paying obituary to Jayalalithaa. The Central Government has declared a one-day mourning after the demise of Jayalalithaa, who passed away last night at the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai.
Tributes are being paid to Jayalalithaa at Rajaji Hall in Chennai where her mortal remains have been kept. Preparations are currently underway at MGR Memorial at Marina beach, Chennai, for her last rites where she will be cremated with full state honours at 4:30 pm on Tuesday.