CHENNAI: VK Sasikala, the close aide of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa thanked President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for visiting Chennai on December 6 to pay homage to the late leader.
“It was extremely kind of you Sir, to have visited Chennai and paid your condolences to me personally, on the occasion of the demise of our much revered Puratchi Thalaivi Amma, the late chief minister of Tamil Nadu and the general secretary of the AIADMK,” Sasikala said in her letter to the President.
Recalling that she was given to understand that the President’s journey to Chennai was a little arduous because of some issues with the flight, he had visited Chennai undeterred by that trouble, she said.
“Your visit has brought great consolation to me at a personal level and to the millions of Tamil masses and the people in the rest of the country. My sincere thanks once again for your visit which overwhelms me in this hour of personal grief,” she added.
Sasikala, in her letter to the Prime Minister, said his visit to Chennai to personally express condolences to her was a noble gesture. “Your visit brought great consolation to me, in my moment of personal sorrow and to the millions of masses of Tamil Nadu. Many thanks for your visit and expression of sympathy to the people of Tamil Nadu and to me personally, in our moment of inexplicable grief and sorrow,” she added.
Thanking Rahul Gandhi for his visit to Chennai, Sasikala said, “Your words of sympathy to me, in my hour of personal grief overwhelmed me in every way.”