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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 973

Late Chief Minister MGR's 95th Birth Day: People celebrates enthusiastically in the state

Sathyalaya Ramakrishnan reporting from Chennai
Chennai, 18 January, (Asiantribune.com):

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The entire state of Tamil Nadu and other parts of the country has celebrated the 95 birth anniversary of late Chief Minister and founder of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(AIADMK) founder Baratha Ratna Dr. M G Ramachandran(MGR).

AIADMK General Secretary J Jayalalithaa on Monday declared the party's return of power is ''ordained by time'' and exhorted partymen to work unitedly and prepare to ''pluck the fruit of victory'' after the coming Assembly elections.

After she led scores of party men in paying floral tributes to her mentor here, said the party coming back to power was inevitable.

Ms Jayalalithaa said the DMK would be packed off after the Assembly elections to be held in few months and expressed confidence the AIADMK would come back to power.

''This is ordained by time and no one can change it,'' she said.

However, the party men should take up their election work in the right earnest and work united to pluck the fruit of victory, she said.

After the formation of MGR Government in the next few months, she would meet the party cadre in the victory celebrations, she said declaring ''there cannot be sleep till we form the MGR rule in the state.''

Stating MGR came to this world to retrieve the state from the hands of DMK president M Karunanidhi, Ms Jayalalithaa said the late leader had thrice retrieved the state from the hands of the DMK and she done it twice.

People suffers after 2006

Unfortunately, after the 2006 Assembly elections, the state had once again gone into the hands of Mr Karunanidhi and the people were suffering immensely and felt like being in hell, Ms Jayalalithaa alleged. Alleging corruption was rampant in every field, she said the people could not live in peace because of skyrocketing prices, hike in electricity tariff, power crisis and deterioration of law and order.

To top it all, former Telecom Minister A Raja had caused loss to the nation to the tune of Rs 1.76 lakh crore and committed a mega corruption, taking the whole world by surprise, she said.

She said the people of the state were exploited and looting in illegal sand and granite quarrying was taking place on a daily basis.

Murders and decoities

Murders and decoities were taking place in broad daylight and people had no protection to their lives and property.

''Hence, it is our duty to retrieve the state once again from the hands of the DMK to restore MGR rule in the state,'' Ms Jayalalithaa said. Earlier, the AIADMK paid her tributes and homage to the late leader, by garlanding his statute at the party headquarters. After releasing a souvenir, she distributed assistance to poor students.

M K Stalin pays floral tribute

On behalf of the state government, Deputy Chief Minister M K Stalin garlanded the portrait of MGR, below the statue at Tamil Nadu MGR Medical University.

Information Minsiter Parithi Ilamvazhuthi, former AIADMK Minister S Muthusamy, who recently joined the DMK, were among others present.

Congress Leader and MGR loyalist Su Thirunavukarasar, MGR Kazhagam Leader R M Veerappan, Latchiya DMK Leader T Rajender, New Jutice Party Leader A C Shanmugam were among others who paid their tributes.

In other states

MGR's birthday celebrated in a enthusiastic manner in the neighboring states like Pondichery, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Delhi by AIADMK functionaries.

- Asian Tribune -

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