President leaves for Chennai

New Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee left for Chennai on Tuesday to pay his respect to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, who died on Monday night.

Earlier, an IAF plane carrying Mukherjee to Chennai returned to Delhi some 30 minutes after take off due to a technical snag. He then took another aircraft.

In a condolence message to Vidyasagar Rao, the Tamil Nadu Governor, Mukherjee said the country “has lost an icon who was loved and admired by millions.

“She was regarded one of India’s most charismatic and popular leaders,” Mukherjee said.