Grand celebrations for Jaya birth anniversary, CM & OPS cut cake

Chennai: The 71st birth anniversary of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was celebrated in a grand manner today at the AIADMK headquarters. Chief Minister K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Pannerselvam and senior leaders of the party besides cadres took part in the celebrations.

On the occasion, a 71 kilogram cake was cut by Palaniswami. At the party headquarters, portraits of Jayalalithaa with MGR, Hillary Clinton, Vajapayee, Narasimha Rao and Narendra Modi were put up.

This morning, Palaniswami paid floral tributes to the portrait of Jayalaithaa at his Greenways Road residence. Blood donations, health camps were being organised across the State.

At the celebrations in party headquarters, Lok Sabha deputy speaker M Thambidurai, AIADMK presidium chairman Madhusudhanan, State Ministers, former Ministers Vaithilingam, Ponnaiyan, Gokula Indra, MLAs and party cadres took part.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today tweeted, “Tributes to Jayalalithaa Ji on her birth anniversary. Her contribution towards the development of Tamil Nadu will be remembered for generations. A fine administrator and compassionate leader, her welfare measures benefited countless poor people.”

With Lok Sabha elections around the corner, AIADMK is also using the her birthday as a platform for effective campaigning. All district, town and panchayat headquarters of the party celebrated her birth anniversary.

Grand celebrations were organised at AIADMK party offices in Pondicherry, New Delhi, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Kerala, Maharashtra and even Andaman Nicobar islands.