Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, one of India’s most charismatic political leaders, passed away at an age of 68 in Chennai, on Monday night after a bitter 74-day battle for life. Her last rites will take place at Marina Beach in Chennai shortly.
Her funeral procession underway. Tens of thousands of people queued up to have last glimpse of their ‘Puratchi Thalaivi Amma’. Mortal remains of Jayalalithaa being taken from Rajaji Hall to Marina Beach.
PM Modi arrived in Chennai to pay last tributes to J Jayalalithaa. President Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief and condoled Jaya’s demise. President Mukherjee on Tuesday said, “Jayalalithaa was a fighter and she fought till the end”.
She will be buried in a sandalwood casket next to the memorial of her mentor, MG Ramachandran.
Unlike other Dravidian leaders, J Jayalalithaa was a believer who used to pray regularly and be seen with an Iyengar Namam on her forehead. Still, why did the state government and the Sasikala family decide to bury her instead of a cremation – an obvious ritual for Iyengars.