Remembering J Jayalalithaa as a person who made relentless efforts for the economic progress of Tamil Nadu, industrialists and representatives of various industry associations expressed their condolences on the demise of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.

Venu Srinivasan, Chairman of TVS Motor Company, said that he was deeply saddened at the demise of J Jayalalithaa.

“She promoted industry and commerce in order to generate employment and for economic progress and prosperity of the State. She will always be remembered for her relentless efforts towards the welfare of the people of Tamil Nadu,” he added.

YK Koo, Managing Director and CEO, Hyundai, said he was shocked to hear the demise of the Chief Minister and recalled her support to the industrial development in the State as also to Hyundai Motor India’s operations.

Anand Mahindra, Executive Chairman, Mahindra Group, tweeted that he was saddened by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister’s demise and described her as an ‘iron lady, but with a wry sense of humour and the gift of eloquence.

Lauding Jayalalithaa as ‘one of the most visionary and charismatic leaders of the State’ Mallika Srinivasan, Chairman and CEO of TAFE (Tractors and Farm Equipment Ltd), stated that her dynamism and far-sightedness drew industry and investments to the state and economic progress under her leadership was very significant. “With her compassion, courage and focus on the welfare of women and the people of the state she won millions of hearts and stood as a tall leader of the state,” she noted.

KM Mammen, Chairman & Managing Director, MRF Ltd, one of the largest industrial houses in the State, felt that Jayalalithaa, a great leader, would always be remembered for her unwavering commitment to the development of Tamil Nadu.

“She was a keen listener, with clarity and empathy. Under her stewardship, over the years, Tamil Nadu remains one of the states where industry has flourished,” he said adding her dynamic presence and leadership will be missed.

“On the many occasions I had the privilege to meet her, concerns of the industry were sympathetically heard and initiatives taken to address them,” he said in a statement.

Naushad Forbes, President, CII said in a press release that the country has lost a visionary, dynamic and inspiring leader. Forbes said that during Jayalalithaa’s tenure, industry in Tamil Nadu had progressed remarkably well and the Vision 2023 initiative was towards ensuring inclusive and equitable growth in the State.

Ramesh Datla, Chairman, CII Southern Region, in the same statement said that the Connect initiative of CII (Annual ICT event) launched by the Chief Minister had led to development of many iconic projects in the State, including the IT Corridor and ICT Academy in Chennai.

During her tenure, the State transformed and retained its leadership position as the most favoured investment destination in India with the presence of diverse industries, said Ramesh Kymal, Chairman, CII Tamil Nadu State Council in the statement.

The US Ambassador Richard R. Verma said in a statement, “on behalf of the US, I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and the people of Tamil Nadu following her passing yesterday. She will be remembered for her years of public service and as a supporter of closer ties between the US and India. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Tamil Nadu during this time of sorrow.”