DMK Chief Karunanidhi, who was the arch rival of the late CM of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalithaa, has penned his condolence message after the latter passed away at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai at 11.30 pm on Monday.
"Jayalalithaa who came into the world of films as heroine, acted in more than 120 Tamil, Telugu and Kannada films. She achieved fame and was brought into politics by my good friend Puratchi Nadigar MGR. She was a Rajya Sabha MP and Propagnda Secretary from 1984 to 1989. After MGR's demise she became the party's General Secretary and Chief Minister. She was hospitalised suddenly last September and was undergoing treatment. It was expected that she would return home in a few days. But even though world famous doctors put in their best efforts to treat her, and leaders across party lines, lakhs of AIADMK party cadre and women wished her to make a recovery, I regret that she has passed away.
As far as the parties are concerned, there was difference in opinion. But nobody can deny that Jayalalithaa acted courageously for the welfare of her party. There is no doubt that even though she has passed away at a young age, her fame will last forever. I express my deepest condolence to her party leaders, lakhs of cadre and friends who are grieving for her loss."