Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 6:

Mourning the death of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, members of Odisha Assembly today observed one-minute silence for the departed soul.


As the House assembled for the day, Chief Minister and Leader of the House Naveen Patnaik moved an obituary motion on the sad demise of Jayalalithaa.

“With profound grief, I rise to move the obituary motion on the sad demise of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Selvi J Jayalalithaa. She was a leader of the masses, and had made immense contribution to the development and welfare of the people of Tamil Nadu. Her benevolent measures endeared her to one and all. The people of Tamil Nadu affectionately referred to her as Amma. She enjoyed a huge mandate and was known for her administrative calibre and political sagacity. She was the iron lady of Tamil Nadu who steered the state in the path of progress and prosperity,” Patnaik said.

“Jayalalithaa ji had a special relationship with Odisha and the people of Odisha. She had always stood by us in both our good and bad times. She had been a great admirer of Biju Babu and had always displayed her reverence for him. During the times of natural calamity, she had been very helpful to us. She was very supportive of us in the protection and safety of migrant labourers working in Tamil Nadu. She was kind enough to allot land in a prime locality of Chennai for construction of Odisha Bhawan. While Biju Janata Dal floated the name of late P.A. Sangma ji for the presidency of India, Jayalalithaa ji was one of the political leaders to support us unequivocally,” the CM said.

“Her death is a great National loss. The people of Odisha stand in solidarity with the people of Tamil Nadu in this hour of grief and bereavement. She is no more. But she will continue to live in the hearts of the millions of people especially among the women whom she cared for deeply. I pray that her soul may rest in peace,” he added.

Similarly, Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra and BJP legislature party leader KV Singhdeo offered condolence to the late leader.

Following a silent prayer, Speaker Niranjan Pujari adjourned the House till tomorrow as a mark of respect for the departed leader.