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PM Modi visits Chennai, pays floral tribute to Jayalalithaa

News Agencies | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:37 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid floral tributes to late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who died of a cardiac arrest late on Monday night.

The Prime Minister, on reaching Chennai airport, boarded an IAF helicopter and landed at INS Adayar. He then reached Rajaji Hall, where he paid a tribute to the deceased leader.

He also offered his condolences and blessings to Jayalalithaa's close aide Sasikala, members of her family and to Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and others.

President Pranab Mukherjee has also departed again from Delhi to pay tribute to Jayalalithaa, after the IAF plane carrying him returned to Delhi following a technical snag.

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Earlier, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu also visited Rajaji Hall.

Karnataka CM Siddaramiah, Odisha CM Naveen Pattnaik will be attending Jayalalithaa's funeral ceremony.

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu and Pon Radhakrishnan will also be there. Former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda will also be a part of the funeral ceremony.

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will be leaving for Chennai to pay his last respects.

The Centre has declared one-day mourning whereas the state government has declared a seven-day mourning.

Jayalalithaa's last rites will be performed today at 4:30 pm at MGR Memorial, Marina beach.


First published: 6 December 2016, 3:09 IST