Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 6:

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today paid floral tributes to late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa after reaching Chennai.

Naveen with Jayalalithaa
Naveen with Jayalalithaa

“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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also arrived in Chennai and laid a floral wreath at the remains of the dead leader.