He said that her followers and admirers regarded her as the Purachi Thalavi and as revolutionary leader in Tamil Nadu politics.
“In her passing, the state of Tamil Nadu had a great void which is difficult to fill in. It was a great loss to Tamil society,” Rao said.
He hailed Jayalalitha as the political heir of the great M.G. Ramachandran.
“It was both challenging and inspirational. At a time when women entering politics was rare, Jayalalitha created a political history in the contemporary Tamil Nadu politics, by becoming AIADMK’s General Secretary and later on as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu,” he said.
The TRS chief described Jayalalitha as the unique person in Tamil Nadu politics to have won the state legislative assembly elections consecutively for two terms and formed the government.
She also excelled as a film artiste and proved herself in the arena of politics too, which is a record, he added.
The CM expressed his heartfelt sympathies and conveyed his condolences to the members of the bereaved family and people of Tamil Nadu.