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Thousands mourn beloved leader Jayalalithaa in south India

Thousands mourn beloved leader Jayalalithaa in south India

"The level of reverence she inspired, few other leaders had", Congress Party leader Shashi Tharoor said.

Earlier, condoling her death, Modi in a tweet said: "Deeply saddened at the passing away of Selvi Jayalalithaa".

Panneerselvam and Sasikala with Prime Minister Narendra Modi beside Jayalalithaa's body.

Lakhs of grieving men and women on Tuesday bid a tearful adieu to J Jayalalithaa, the charismatic Chief Minister who held sway over Tamil Nadu politics for more than three decades with a pro-poor image.

Recalling that Jayalalithaa was the youngest Chief Minister (43) when she assumed office for the first time in 1991, he said she had implemented a scheme to eliminate female infanticide and save the girl child in her state.

Dr Balakrishnan also sent his condolences to the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, O Panneerselvam.

Doctors had been treating the 68-year-old former film star, who enjoys an nearly god-like status in Tamil Nadu.

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"Sri Lanka mourns the loss of a stateswoman who upheld the welfare of her people and was much loved by them", he said.

Fearing her death might trigger widespread violence and rioting, police deployed across the state. Around it stood some of the country's most powerful leaders.

She also helped to resolve the textile effluent pollution issue and successfully implemented the zero liquid discharge treatment system and made Tamil Nadu as the model for the entire globe in terms of sustainability, Kumar added.

She appeared in more than 100 films before turning her hand to politics in the early 1980s.

She herself was known for leading an extravagant lifestyle.

"Though Jayalalithaa has left this world and entered into the pages of history, she will be remembered forever in Tamil Nadu". In May 2015, an appeals court overturned the corruption charges, clearing the way for her return to power.

Moments after chief minister O. Panneerselvam's convoy left, the public and party cadres thronged to the burial site to have a glimpse of the place where their leader was laid to rest. She returned to office as chief minister on May 23 and a month later was re-elected in a by-election.

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