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By A Newsman

Kolkata, 06 December: WEST Bengal Assembly, which is session these days, has been adjourned for the day as a mark of respect to AIADMK chief Jayalalitha who passed away in Chennai last night.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has also announced a day-long state morning in Bengal in reverence to the departed iconic leader.

While Banerjee would not be able to attend the funeral of Jayalalitha scheduled in Chennai around 04.30 pm today, she has sent Trinamool MPs Derek O’Brien and Kalyan Banerjee from Delhi to remain present on her behalf.

At an event organised on the anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition at Mayo Road in Kolkata, Trinamool supremo paid floral tribute on the portrait of late Jayalalitha.

The Bengal Chief Minister had tweeted her condolence last night itself; today she has penned a long personal tribute to the departed former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

In the tribute, Banerjee has written that she believed the jail term that Jayalalitha had to serve in Karnataka was responsible for her untimely demise.

“I believe, her health started deteriorating when she was sent to jail in another state. The baggage of dishonour of being sent to prison in another state must have ripped her apart.”

Underlying the similarity of her struggle with that of Jayalalitha, Banerjee has written: “I understand how fighting against all odds feels like. I have been facing a volley of abuses and conspiracies myself for some time now.”

“Jaya Ji’s struggle is somewhat similar. She emerged a winner solely because of her political wisdom, administrative expertise and strength of character. History will always remember her as a strong female politician.”

“Jayalalitha showed us how to command respect despite honouring the constitutional limits of a Chief Minister, solely through her strong will and gravity. It is difficult to match her personality in today’s times. One may not like her but they definitely cannot ignore her. And thus she stands out,” the tribute adds.

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