Chennai: Tamilnadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today unveiled the memorial of late AIADMK supremo J Jayalalitha on the Marina beachfront.
Palaniswami, who is also the joint coordinator of ruling AIADMK, unveiled the memorial in the presence of Deputy CM and party’s Coordinator O Panneerselvam. Later, both the leaders paid their respects at the memorial.
All MPs, MLAs and party functionaries attended the function. The unveiling of the memorial coincided with the release of Jayalalitha’s close aide V K Sasikala from Bengaluru prison after serving a four year jail term following her conviction in the disporportionate assets in February 2017.
The memorial, resembling a phoenix with two granite lion statues standing guard on both sides at the entrance, was built at a cost of Rs about 80 crore, near the memorial of her political mentor, former Chief Minister and AIADMK founder MGR.
The memorial, built in a more than 50,000 sqft area, houses a state-of-the-art museum and a knowledge park. While the museum would have a chronicle of the events
in Jayalalitha’s life through audio-visual presentations, photographs and virtual reality, the knowledge park would have digital shows on her achievements and
A life-size statue of Jayalalitha was also installed at the memorial, besides an artificial waterfall at the entrance for the benefit of the visitors.
Palaniswami laid the foundation for the memorial in 2018. Tens and hundreds of AIADMK cadres thronged the Marina beach front to witness the memorial unveiling event.
All the roads leading to Chennai were choked with traffic right from the morning, as AIADMK cadres, carrying party flags, from all parts of the State, started arriving for the memorial unveiling function.
The turn out was such tat, the Marina beach front resembled a sea of humanity.
Arrangements were made to provide all basic amenities like mobile toilets, drinking water and food for the party cadres attending the function.
Anticipating such a crowd, the Chennai city police have announced traffic diversions on the arterial Kamaraj Salai from 6 am till the end of the event.