In her condolence message, Ms. Jayalalithaa said she was shocked and grieved to hear about the demise of Vilasrao Deshmukh, the Union Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Science and Technology and Earth Sciences. She said Deshmukh in his life he played a crucial role in the Indian National Congress. As a member of the Rajya Sabha, representing Maharashtra, he brought a quiet dignity to his role in the Upper House. As a Chief Minister, he steered his State with sagacity and maturity which was appreciable, she added.
Ms Jayalalithaa offered her sincere and heartfelt condolences to his family and prayed that the Almighty give them the strength to cope with the irreparable loss.