After a prolonged battle with illness and suffering a massive cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa breathed her last on Monday at 11:30 PM.
Her supporters waited and prayed anxiously the entire day on Monday waiting for news about her health. Rumours had surfaced about her passing in the evening with violence breaking out outside the Apollo Hospital in Chennai where she was admitted.
While there was a sea of her supporters praying for her, condolences began to pour in after her death cutting across party lines.
Here's what political leaders said:
வலுவான, தைரியமான, திறமையான, மக்களின நண்பராக, கவர்ந்திழுக்கும் தலைவர் தான்
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) December 5, 2016
Deeply saddened by the demise of our CM Selvi Jayalalithaa. My deepest condolences to the party cadres & well wishers in this hour of grief pic.twitter.com/oe26Itv1OF
— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) December 5, 2016