BHOPAL: A pall of gloom descended on the Tamil community of the city following the death of their beloved Amma on Tuesday.
Some residents of Anna Nagar in the BHEL area did not eat or drink anything from the time they heard the news till the late chief minister of Tamil Nadu was laid to rest. Condolence meetings were organised at different places in the city by the Tamil Association, Bhopal.
Talking to The Free Press Journal, Swami Durai, general secretary of Tamil Association Bhopal said, “We are shocked to hear the news. She was really a leader of the Aam Aadmi. She brought about great development in Tamil Nadu. Though belonging to an upper caste, she had great concern for the poor,” adding that ‘I don’t know what will happen to her party in the coming days but we will definitely miss our CM a lot.”
Laxmi Aiyar, a school teacher says, “We are feeling just like we’ve lost our own mother. It is very difficult to accept that we have lost her. We were hoping that she will get well soon. It is a great loss for Tamil Nadu,” adding that, “we called her ‘Amma’ because she was like the mother for the poor people.
She never let the poor people go hungry just as a mother will never want her children to go without food. Amma ki jagah na koi liya hai na le payega. “
“I belong to Tamil Nadu but was born and brought up in Bhopal.
Amma was so popular because she did a lot for the poor and the students by distributing bicycles and laptops,” says 20-yer-old student Jyoti Kounder, adding that “she was a symbol of strength for every woman. Odds were stacked against her but she was undeterred. We have a lost a great politician and a great champion of women’s rights
She was Rani of Jhansi: Babulal Gaur
Former CM of the state Babulal Gaur said “She was not only a leader but a ‘dabang mahila’ just like Jhansi Ki Rani. She was born in a poor family so she understood the pain of the poor. That’s why they called her ‘Amma’.
CM flies to Chennai
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan reached Chennai to pay tributes to Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalitha. Chouhan said late Jayalalitha was not only the chief minister of Tamil Nadu but she was also a respectable leader of the country. She was a symbol of woman empowerment. She as Tamil Nadu’s CM made schemes for public welfare, especially poor, which changed the lives of poor. Chouhan said Jayalalitha, rising above a leader and CM, had become ‘Amma’ to all. Her demise has caused an irreparable loss in public life.
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