Chennai, Dec 6: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here today and paid his last respects to chief minister Jayalalithaa who passed away last night.
Modi laid a floral wreath on Jayalalithaa's body.
Earlier, clad in a white kurta and trousers, Modi was received at the airport by Governor Vidyasagar Rao. The Prime Minister later boarded a helicopter to INS Adayar en route to Rajaji Hall, where Jayalalithaa's body is lying in state.
In a series of tweets last night, the Prime Minister, who enjoyed a good personal equation with the late leader, had said that he was "deeply saddened at the passing away of Selvi Jayalalithaa. Her demise has left a huge void in Indian politics."
Jayalalithaa, a popular leader who showered the poor with populist programmes, died last night at a private hospital in Chennai after battling for life for 75 days. The 67-year-old leader had suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Sunday evening.