Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 6:

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik expressed shock over the death of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa at Apollo hospital in Chennai last night.


“I am deeply shocked at the passing away of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Selvi J Jayalalithaa. She was the leader of the masses, and had made immense contribution to the development and welfare of the people of Tamil Nadu. She enjoyed a huge mandate, and was known for her administrative caliber and political sagacity. She was the iron lady of Tamil Nadu who successfully steered the state on the path of progress and prosperity,” Patnaik said in his message.

“Her benevolent measures endeared her to one and all. The people of Tamil Nadu affectionately referred her as Amma,” 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. I pray that her soul may rest in peace,” Patnaik added.

Among others, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Jual Oram expressed grief over the demise of Jayalalithaa.

“Extremely saddened at demise of Hon’ble CM of Tamil Nadu Selvi J Jayalalithaa;the country has lost a great leader,” Pradhan tweeted.

“Deeply saddened to learn the sad demise of Smt. #Jayalalithaa, CM of Tamil Naidu. May the departed soul rest in peace,” Oram tweeted.

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