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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1591

Late Chief Minister MGR's 23rd Death Anniversary: Jayalalithaa pays homage

Sathyalaya Ramakrishnan reporting from Chennai
Chennai, 25 December, (

The people of Tamil Nadu paid tribute to Late Chief Minister and founder of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) M G Ramachandran(MGR) on his 23rd death anniversary.

AIADMK supremo Ms J Jayalalithaa paid homage and placed wreath in MGR Samathi at Marina Beach on Friday, along with Thousands of her party cadre and general public.

War Between 'Dharma' and 'Adharma'

While addressing from the specially erected dias after paying homage to her mentor on Kamarajar Salai, Ms Jayalalithaa said that the coming Assembly elections will be a ''war between 'Dharma' and 'Adharma' and she exuded confidence of the AIADMK winning the war and coming back to power.

"The party was confident of winning the 2011 Assembly elections, “ as people were angry with the DMK Regime” she revealed.

''Be courageous, there is no need to be afraid of anything", Ms Jayalalithaa said.

"I will be in the lead and show the way to you,'' she said and exhorted them to work tirelessly to secure the votes of the people and bring the AIADMK back to power.

Recalling the political history ever since the AIADMK came to power in 1977, in the State under the leadership of MGR, Ms Jayalalithaa said while MGR had thrice defeated the DMK, she had defeated the party twice in the 1991 and 2001 Assembly elections.

Pointing out the DMK had come back to power, both times after she defeated it, the AIADMK leader said the ''enemy gets back on the feet after a mild attack.

''When the enemy is attacked with force, they fall but get back on their feet again.'' However, this time, the attack should sound a death knell for the DMK and it should never get back (to power).

As people were angry with the DMK Government, the AIADMK is sure of capturing power, she said.

'Let us take pledge to bring back the AIADMK rule with the blessings of MGR on the occasion of his death anniversary to end the autocratic DMK rule, put the state on the path of development, restore rule of law and ensure people live in peace,'' Ms Jayalalithaa said.

Pointing out that foreign media like The Washington Post, The New York Times and the BBC have extensively reported about the 2G spectrum scam, she said Former Telecom Minister A Raja, by indulging in the unprecedented scam, made the country and Tamil Nadu ''hang its head in shame.'' Earlier, Ms Jayalalithaa, accompanied by senior party leaders, including Mr O Panneerselvam, D Jayakumar, P H Pandian, C Ponnaiyan and S Semmalai laid a wreath on MGR Samadhi and paid homage.

A large number of party men who thronged the Memorial took pledge to restore MGR rule in the state after paying their respects to the late leader.

Family members of the late leader, including his foster daughter Latha Rajendran and others, were the first to visit the memorial in the morning. MGR Kazhagam Leader and former Minister R M Veerappan, Congress Leader and Former Union Minister Su Thirunavukarasu, New Justice Party Leader A C Shanmugam, Indiya Jananayaka Katchi (IJK) Leader Pari Vendar and Naam Tamizhar Katchi Leader, Director Seeman, were among those who visited the Memorial and paid their homage.

Elsewhere in the state, people, mostly AIADMK volunteers, paid their respects to the Late Leader by offering floral tributes to his portrait.

Traffic Jam for Five Hours

The crowd filled the entire stretch of 5 km from MGR tomb to Light house even before 5 hours of the start of the meet. The traffic was blocked and was directed to Anna Salai which caused a heavy traffic jam through the meet. Office goers and students had a tough time to reach their destination.

- Asian Tribune -

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