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TN CM lays foundation stone for Jayalalithaa memorial but DMK opposes

The memorial will come up on the Marina beachfront, behind the memorial of AIADMK founder and former Chief Minister MG Ramachandran

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The current memorial has been the epicentre of several political developments in Tamil Nadu. The late Chief Minister’s final resting place has witnessed former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam’s dharma yutham, his infamous rebellion against Jayalalithaa’s close aide Sasikala and her family. The memorial was also where then AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala took a three-time vow before being jailed for her involvement in the Disproportionate Assets case. It also served as the venue for the patch-up of the two warring factions of the AIADMK.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on Monday laid the foundation stone for a memorial ‘mandapam’ of late J. Jayalalithaa here abutting her burial site on the Marina beachfront.

Mr. Palaniswami placed the first brick for the construction on the ground, and Mr. Panneerselvam the second, marking the formal inauguration of work for the memorial at the beach complex.

A ‘yagna’ and special prayers were conducted ahead of the stone-laying event in which Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M. Thambidurai, Tamil Nadu Ministers, MPs and MLAs participated along with the Chief Minister and his deputy.

A large number of AIADMK workers took part in the event.

The proposed memorial ‘mandapam’ for late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is set to come up behind the memorial of AIADMK founder and former Chief Minister MG Ramachandran.

Jayalalithaa’s mausoleum was decked up for the event.

Elaborate security arrangements were made for the stone- laying ceremony.

Jayalalithaa died on December 5, 2016.

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As images of EPS and OPS started doing the rounds on social media, the DMK said that the CM-DyCM couple were trying appease the BJP by conducting a Hindu ceremony.

However, objecting to the religious ceremony organised, opposition DMK said that such an event “violates the secular culture of the state”.

“This has never happened. Their party can have a private yagna, but it can’t be part of a government function. This is yet another attempt by the ruling AIADMK to appease and prove their loyalty to the BJP,” DMK spokesperson A Saravanan said.

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