MGR’s 106th birth anniversary: AIADMK leaders pay tributes to former Tamil Nadu CM

Edappadi K Palaniswami, the interim general secretary of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), and other senior party leaders Tuesday paid their respects to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and party founder Dr. M G Ramachandran on his 106th birth anniversary.

AIADMK members celebrated the ocassion by giving welfare assistance and sweets across Tamil Nadu.Edappadi Palaniswami garlanded MGR’s statue and sprinkled flowers at the AIADMK headquarters in Rayapetta, Chennai. After this he also distributed sweets to party officials and volunteers.

A huge 106 kg cake was also cut to mark MGR’s 106th birthday. AIADMK Deputy General Secretary KP Munuswamy, House President Tamilmahan Usen, former Ministers Jayakumar, Dindigul Srinivasan, Gokula Indira, Varamati, Ponnaiyan and many other prominent figures of the party were present.

Chandrasekaran’ s family (who died while working in AIADMK office in Delhi) was given Rs 10 lakh as financial assistance. Edappadi Palaniswami also provided financial assistance of Rs 5 lakh to the family of the volunteer who died due to electrocution while hoisting the flag.

Former Chief Minister O. Panneer Selvam garlanded the statue of MGR opposite Spencer on Anna Road, Chennai. Former ministers Vaithilingam, Vella Mandi Natarajan, Manoj Pandian MLA. J.C.T. Prabhakaran, M.G.R. Mangaraman, State Joint Secretary of the Council and others were also present.

O. Panneer Selvam, also paid respect to the statue of MGR in near his house in T.Nagar. Former mayor Saidi Duraisamy paid tribute by placing a wreath at the memorial house.

Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran popularly known as M. G. R. was born in Kandy, Srilanka. He came to Tamil Nadu and started his career in theatre as a boy. He went on to become the biggest Superstar ever in Tamil. He was inspired hugely by C. N. Annadurai popularly known as Perarignar Anna and joined the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, DMK in 1953. He became an MLA in 1967. In 1972, three years after Anna’s demise, he left the M.Karunanidhi-led DMK, to form his own party-the Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (ADMK).

Five years later, he became the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, the first film actor ever to become an elected Head of a province anywhere in the world. The invincible politician ruled Tamil Nadu thrice as Chief Minister and died in office on 24 December 1987 M.G.R. still lives in the hearts of millions of Tamils all over the world. In 1988, M.G.R. was awarded the Bharat Ratna, posthumously.

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