Bharat Ratna for Amma, Tamil Nadu govt asks Centre

The resolution passed in a cabinet meeting also decided to construct a memorial for Jayalalithaa at a cost of Rs 15 crore near MGR memorial on the Marina.

Bharat Ratna for Amma, Tamil Nadu govt asks Centre

Tamil Nadu  government has passed a resolution on Saturday demanding Bharat Ratna for former chief minister Jayalalithaa.

The resolution passed in a cabinet meeting also  decided to to construct a memorial for Jayalalithaa at a cost of Rs 15 crore near MGR memorial on the Marina.





The state government also decided to rename MGR memorial to 'Bharat Ratna Dr.MGR and Jayalalithaa' as a mark of respect to Jayalalithaa, reported ANI.

Quoting sources,  ANI reported that the decision was taken in a cabinet meeting by government. 
Government sources told The Hindu that the work of the memorial will begin soon and tender will be floated soon.

“The money has been allotted and officials have taken the measurements around where Amma was laid to rest. A tender will be floated, and after the minimum required period, work on her memorial will be undertaken at full speed,” a senior Minister was quoted as saying to
The Hindu.

Jayalalithaa was cremated at the sprawling MGR memorial, spread over eight acres. However,  senior officials of the Public Works Department (PWD) admitted that department has not come with a design for the Jaya memorial in the capital. 

“We are yet to receive a directive from the government in this regard,” added a senior official said.


“We are only carrying out minor repair work on the site. Temporary arrangements like provision of tent and barricades around the site have been made. The construction of the memorial is still in the preliminary planning stage,” clarified the official, when asked about the time frame for the completion of the memorial.

Meanwhile, a dramatic visit by Jayalalithaa’s aide Sasikala to the burial site on Saturday has stirred speculations.

A high-level team led by  Tamil Nadu  Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam and his senior Cabinet colleagues  P. Thangamani, Edapaddi Palaniswami, Dindigul Srinivasan and S.P. Velumani  also paid their respects to the former chief minister.

Some of the ministers tonsored their heads as a mark of respect to Jayalaithaa.