Condolences from various leaders poured in as soon as the news of Jayalalithaa's demise spread.
Expressing his deep sorrow at the demise of Ms. Jayalalithaa, Kerala Governor P. Sathasivam said she was the greatest woman political leader in contemporary India.
He said, “In her we saw the perfect blending of the strong will of an able administrator and the compassion of a philanthropist. In her sad demise, we have lost a unique mother’s touch that had brightened the lives of millions of people during the last three decades“.
In his condolence message, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan described Ms. Jayalalithaa as an extraordinary politician with a rare political acumen and administrative skills, which made her a distinct leader in Indian politics.
She had a special liking for Kerala and always strived to uphold and maintain relations, Mr. Vijayan said. “We do not have any other Chief Ministers in our country who have influenced people like this. Her passing away is not only a major loss to Tamil Nadu, but for the entire country’
Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala also condoled her death.
To prevent any untoward incidents, the Kerala police have strengthened security in the districts bordering Tamil Nadu, with additional forces being deployed in the border areas of Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Idukki and Palakkad districts.
Nirmala Sitharaman, Commerce Minister
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
In a condolence message to the people of Tamil Nadu, Dr. Manmohan Singh said "I join millions of admirers of Jayalalithaji in mourning her sad and untimely demise. She was a charismatic leader who will be remembered forever as the beloved Amma by the people of Tamil Nadu. She was an outstanding leader who was passionately devoted to the welfare of the people of Tamil Nadu."
Jayalalithaa a symbol of women empowerment: Kiran Bedi
Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi said Ms. Jayalalithaa was a rare political personality who charted a distinct path of governance through her strong and able leadership. Expressing her condolence over the demise of Ms. Jayalalithaa, Ms. Bedi in her letter to Tamil Nadu Government described the late Chief Minister as a “multi faceted personality“. Ms. Bedi said “the departed leader had always carved a niche for herself in all walks of life, be it as a student excelling in academics, be it as an artist, as a versatile actor and culminating in politics as a leader of the masses and elite”, a release said. Ms. Jayalalithaa had been a symbol of women empowerment and always had her heart for the cause of women. People of Puducherry “shared the sorrow of the loss along with the people of Tamil Nadu”, she said.
Kavitha Kalvakuntla, TRS MP
Former Union Minister P. Chidambaram
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
President Pranab Mukherjee
"Heartfelt condolences on the sad demise of Ms. Jayalalithaa, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu #PresidentMukherjee"
Tamil Nadu Governor
"Deeply shocked and sad. People's Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu," said CH Vidyasaagr Rao.
MRF CMD Mammen
Noted industrialist and Chairman and Managing Director of MRF Tyres K M Mammen condoled the death of Jayalalithaa saying she has been a formidable Chief Minister and a role model to many leaders. “The State has lost a great leader, a visionary and a beloved friend. She will always be remembered for her unwavering commitment to the development of the State of Tamil Nadu and its people, especially the under-privileged”, he said in a statement. “On the many occasions, I had the privilege to meet her, concerns of the industry were sympathetically heard and initiatives taken to address them. Under her stewardship, Tamil Nadu remains one of the States were industry has flourished”, he said.
"We pay our respects to J. Jayalalithaa ji. May her soul Rest In Peace."
"I offer deep condolences on the passing away of Jayalalithaa. Wishes of lakhs of her followers will make her immortal," he said.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh
"Deeply saddened to learn of the demise of Tamil Nadu CM,Selvi Jayalalithaa. She was a powerful voice for the weaker sections of the society."
RSS condoles death
The RSS condoled the death of the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, hailing her national spirit and ability to face challenges. “Though she ruled state politics, she had unflinching faith in national integrity. She also was a believer,” RSS State president ML Raja said in a statement. She “sparkled” as a star both in the fields of cinema and politics, he said. Ms. Jayalalithaa had faced many challenges in personal and professional lives “all by herself and overcame them,” he said, adding, her death was a great loss to the country.
BJP chief Amit Shah
BJP president Amit Shah tweeted "Saddened by the demise of Tamil Nadu CM J.Jayalalithaa ji. I extend my deepest condolences to her party and followers in this hour of grief."
"Popular,strong,bold,efficient, people- friendly,charismatic leader, Amma. Always at the heart of people. Big loss. I am shocked, saddened ."
Our J&K Correspondent Peerzada Ashiq reportsMehbooba describes Jayalalithaa as 'leader of masses '
Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti on Tuesday described Ms. Jayalalithaa "a leader of masses" and praised her women-specific initiatives.
Expressing grief over the passing away of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, Ms. Mufti said, "Jayalalithaa would be remembered long for introducing many innovative schemes and programmes for public welfare. The late leader was one of the highly learned politicians of the country."
In her condolence message to the newly-elected Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu O Panneerselvam, Ms. Mufti said, "Ms. Jayalalithaa was an example personified of women empowerment who brought a unique style to country’s politics."
She also prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul of the late leader, according to her spokesman.
"She was an iconic & courageous leader. This is an irreparable loss to the people of TamilNadu. #Ironlady #RIP"
VCK leader Thol Thirumavalavan said Jayalalithaa’s demise was an irreparable loss to the state.
Ramadoss condoles death
TNCC President Su Thirunavukkarasar, PMK founder S Ramadoss, CPI state Secretary R Mutharasan and scores of political leaders condoled Jayalalithaa’s death
“Felt very sad about the demise of Madam Selvi Jayalalitha CM of Tamil Nadu —— had hopes till last movement that she will survive —— doctors had made every possible attempt.”
"Memories of interactions with Jayalalithaaji rushing back.Iron Lady,certainly,but with a wry sense of humour & the gift of eloquence."
"Very sad to hear the demise of Amma. A very very popular leader. Aam admi's leader. May her soul rest in peace."
In deep anguish over the demise of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa, a long-time friend & a leader with indomitable spirit who is loved by all.
"Deeply grieved to learn of the sad demise of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa . My heartfelt condolences to the people of Tamil Nadu."
The brave leader’s loss is not just for Tamil Nadu, but for whole of India…My prayers for our respectful CM’s soul to rest in peace.
Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy
“Jayalalithaa has done a lot of good work for the development of Tamil Nadu and for the welfare of the people. I mourn her death personally and also on behalf of the people of the union territory,” he said.
Preetha Reddy of Apollo Hospitals
''Devastating loss to the state and the nation. Jayalalithaa was an iconic leader. A humane visionary. A personal friend for years. Will miss her presence immensely.''
Left parties pay glowing tributes to Jayalalthaa
''Condolences on sad demise of Selvi Jayalalithaa. We are with the people of Tamilnadu in this hour of grief.'' Left parties today paid glowing tributes to late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who passed away last night following a cardiac arrest, saying her work has left a “deep imprint” on the politics of the southern state. “Under her stewardship several popular welfare schemes were launched to provide immediate relief to the common people, which left a deep imprint on the politics of Tamil Nadu,” CPI(M) Politburo said in a statement. Party general secretary Sitaram Yechury also condoled the the top AIADMK leader’s demise. “Deepest condolences on the passing away of a popular leader and Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa,” he tweeted. The CPI described Jayalalithaa as a “hard working and determined” leader who fought her way to become the state’s Chief Minister and defended its interest. “She was frank and outspoken and never spared anybody who tried to belittle her with personalised attacks. She was a good friend of our party and party leaders ... she played an important role in national politics too,” the Left party said in a statement.