The ruling AIADMK held a peace rally on Thursday (December 5) to mark the third death anniversary of late party supremo and Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and vowed win the upcoming polls to rural civic bodies in Tamil Nadu.
Clad in black shirts, AIADMK coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, party co-coordinator and Chief Minister K Palaniswami led a silent march from Anna Salai- Walajah Road junction upto the samadhi of Jayalalithaa on Marina beach, a distance of about 1.5 km.
Panneerselvam, after paying homage, administered a pledge to party workers and all of them vowed to win hands down the upcoming polls to rural civic bodies in Tamil Nadu by being united and through hard work. “Rather than asking what the party did for you, let us ask what we did for the party and let us work with unity for the people,” Panneerselvam said.
Palaniswami hailed Jayalalithaa for her “historic achievements,” and relentless work for peoples welfare even at the cost of her health and said her memories continue to be etched in people’s minds.
A grand memorial, modeled on a phoenix is coming up on the site of the samadhi at the Marina beachfront and a foundation stone for the Rs 50 crore project was laid last year by Palaniswami and Panneerselvam.
AIADMK presidium chairman E Madhusudanan, State Ministers including K A Sengottaiyan who is also a party veteran, MLAs, MPs, former legislators and party office bearers participated.
Paying rich tributes to Jayalalithaa, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri in his twitter handle said, “I join millions of her followers & admirers in paying tributes to Jayalalithaa Ji on her death anniversary. A compassionate & steadfast leader of her people, she always led from the front.”
Homage was paid to Jayalalithaa across Tamil Nadu by AIADMK workers and her sympathisers who organised community feasts and distributed welfare aid to the indigent.
Cradle baby scheme to thwart female infanticide, all women police stations, rain water harvesting plan to replenish ground water were some of the schemes launched by Jayalalithaa that are still considered as pioneering and which won her laurels.