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PM Narendra Modi Pays Tributes To Jayalalithaa

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday paid floral tributes to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa who passed away on Monday night.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday (06 December) paid floral tributes to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa who passed away on Monday night.

Flanked by Governor Vidyasagar Rao, Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu and Pon Radhakrishnan and others, Modi placed a wreath on the body which was lying in state at Rajaji Hall.

Clad in white, an emotional Modi, who enjoyed a good personal equation with the late AIADMK leader, consoled Chief Minister O Panneerselvam who broke down.

Modi also spoke to Jayalalithaa's close confidante Sasikala.

Earlier, the Prime Minister, who arrived in Chennai by a special flight, was received at the airport by Governor Vidyasagar Rao. He subsequently boarded a helicopter to INS Adayar en route to Rajaji Hall.

In a series of tweets last night, the Prime Minister had said he was "deeply saddened at the passing away of Selvi Jayalalithaa. Her demise has left a huge void in Indian politics."

Jayalalithaa, a popular leader who like her mentor and late former chief minister M G Ramachandran unveiled a slew of populist programmes, died last night at a private hospital here after battling for life for 75 days.

The 68-year-old leader had suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Sunday evening.

Meanwhile, an inconsolable Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Panneerselvam hugged Narendra Modi emotionally on a couple of occasions as the Prime Minister approached the casket containing Jayalalithaa's body to pay his last respects.

The atmosphere was surcharged as Modi, amid tight security, walked into Rajaji Hall, where the AIADMK supremo's body is lying in state.

As he walked towards Panneerselvam after placing a wreath near the body, the latter broke down and hugged him. Modi affectionately patted him, suggesting that he be strong.

As Modi walked back to his vehicle, Panneerselvam again hugged him with tears in his eyes.

Earlier, the Prime Minister consoled Jayalalithaa's close confidante Sasikala, who was crying.

Even at that time, Panneerselvam again broke down and the Prime Minister hugged him, asking him to control his emotions.

A huge posse of security personnel, including black cat commandos, were on alert as the Prime Minister passed through the huge crowd that had converged at the Rajaji Hall.

(PTI)