Chennai: Tamilnadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami vowed to return to power, at the unveiling of late AIADMK supremo J Jayalalitha’s memorial.
“She had said that the AIADMK government and party would continue to rule the state even 100 years after her times. Let us realise her dream and work hard for winning the Assembly elections with a majority and form the government again. That is our goal. That will be the befitting tribute we could pay to Amma. Let us gather again at Amma’s memorial to pay homage to her after winning the elections,” he said.
Recalling the former CM’s achievements, Edappadi said, “TN excelled in all sectors – school education, infrastructure, health, transport, agriculture, water management, youth welfare, backward classes welfare, etc., during her regime”.
Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said, “We pray to Amma to bestow her blessings on us to win the Assembly elections and to tread on the path shown by her”.
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 disproportionate 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 about Rs 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 square feet area, houses a state-of-the-art museum and a knowledge park.