Published On : Tue, Dec 6th, 2016

Amid cries of ‘Amma’, thousands pay respects to Jayalalithaa

The mortal remains of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister late J Jayalalithaa were on Tuesday kept in state at Rajaji Hall in Chennai for the public to pay their last respects.

Draped in her favourite green colour saree, Jayalalithaa’s body was taken from her Poes Garden residence early Tuesday morning to Rajaji Hall where hundreds and thousands of supporters queued up to have a last glimpse of their ‘Puratchi Thalaivi Amma’ (Revolutionary Leader Amma).

As the casket carrying the body of six-time chief minister was placed on the steps of Rajaji Hall, in the heart of the city off arterial Anna Salai, four Army men covered it with the national Tricolour.

Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and his ministerial colleagues, MPs and MLAs and senior state government officials were among the first to pay homage to Jayalalithaa, who passed away at the Apollo Hospitals at 11.30 pm on Monday after waging a grim battle for life since her hospitalisation on September 22.