Grand memorial for Jayalalithaa by Feb 24

A Government Order regarding sanctioning of the memorial is reportedly expected in the next couple of days

Grand memorial for Jayalalithaa by Feb 24

According to reports, a grand memorial in memory of the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa will be constructed on Marina Beach in Chennai, where she was buried on Tuesday, by February 24.

It will be the late AIADMK chief’s 69th birth anniversary on February 24 next year.

According to a report in Deccan Chronicle, the design for the memorial, expected to be a grand structure, is likely to be ready in the next few days after which construction work would start.

Ever since Jayalalithaa was buried some 30 metres away from where her mentor MG Ramachandran lies, thousands of AIADMK cadre and common people have been streaming in to pay their respects to her. Senior ministers Edappadi K Palanisamy, P Thangamani, MR Vijayabhaskar, C Vijayabhaskar and others visited the memorial and paid their respects too.

“Dedicating the memorial to the nation on Amma’s birthday would be the greatest tribute that one can pay to her. All efforts would be taken to ensure that the memorial stands tall on that great day,” a senior AIADMK functionary told DC.

A Government Order regarding sanctioning of the memorial is reportedly expected in the next couple of days.

A team police officers and officials from PWD visited the memorial site on Thursday to review and oversee security arrangements that have been made to facilitate people to pay their respects. The AIADMK plans to make the memorial imposing one and chose to bury her inside the MGR memorial to ensure that party loyalists would continue to come in droves to pay their respects. Huge crowds of AIADMK loyalists and common people, especially from southern districts, still make it a point to stop at the MGR memorial to pay their respects.

Poes Garden as memorial?

[caption id="attachment_334795" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Poes Garden, the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's residence[/caption]

Meanwhile, the clamour to convert Jayalalithaa’s residence Poes Garden, No. 81 Veda Nilayam, into a memorial is getting louder. There is also a demand to nationalise all her assets and bring them under a government-promoted trust as Jayalalithaa did not have children to inherit the wealth.

The Times of India reported that Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president S Thirunavukkarasar was the first to demand that Jayalalithaa's house be converted into a memorial. He reportedly said since there was no information if Jayalalithaa had left behind a will, in keeping with her stature as a mass leader, her house should be made a memorial.

"She had a good collection of books in her library and as a student and later as an actress she won several awards. All that should adorn the place," he said.

Noting that Jayalalithaa was very popular among the women in the state, Thirunavukkarasar said a memorial would let people see the place where their leader lived. "Her assets should be nationalised but before that the government should come out with details of her assets as people are keen to know that," he said.

However, Thirunavukkarasar said a small portion of Jayalalithaa's belongings should be given to her niece and nephew. "That will be legally and ethically right," he said.

Some other leaders opined that it was her niece and nephew’s right to decide on her ancestral property. Most preferred to keep mum on the issue.