President to pay respects to Jayalalithaa in Chennai

New Delhi, Dec 6 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee will visit Chennai to pay his respects to late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, who died on Monday night after suffering a cardiac arrest.

“The President will travel to Chennai today (Tuesday) to pay last respects to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayaraman Jayalalithaa,” an official release said.

Earlier, Mukherjee condoled the death of Jayalalithaa, saying he was “extremely sad” as the country lost “a visionary leader”.

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,