It is too early to talk about an alliance with BJP: Jayalalithaa
CHENNAI: All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary Jayalalithaa, in her first visit to the Ramavaram house of her political mentor M. G. Ramachandran in 10 years, asserted on Thursday that she represented the political legacy of the AIADMK founder.
“We are the political heirs of Puratchi Thalaivar MGR. No one else in the world can claim the right. We are running the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam founded by him. Now, I am the leader and general secretary of the party instituted by him, with the blessings of Puratchi Thalaivar. If somebody else claims that they are Puratchi Thalaivar MGR’s heirs, people will ridicule them. At the time of elections, they will unmistakably make it clear what they think of such persons,” Ms. Jayalalithaa said.
She was addressing a function organised by the Dr. MGR School for the Speech and Hearing Impaired on the occasion of the AIADMK founder’s 91st birth anniversary.
Earlier, she hoisted the party flag at the entrance to MGR’s residence and paid homage to his memorial on the premises. Ms. Jayalalithaa said there were some who attempted to come up in politics, just as the AIADMK founder did. “Instant coffee can be produced, not instant leaders,” she remarked.
Pointing out that MGR did not become a political leader overnight, she said he had joined a political party early in life and accepted the leadership of C.N. Annadurai. He had worked for the growth of the party and propagated the policies of his leader. “It was he who made Anna the Chief Minister [in 1967].”
Describing the Ramavaram residence as “our home,” she said: “We have every right [to visit the house]. We can come here whenever we want. There is no need for others to make any comment.”
Ms. Jayalalithaa recalled that in 1995, she visited the Ramavaram residence to call on Janaki Ramachandran, MGR’s widow. The next year, when she came to know that Janaki Ramachandran had died, she went there to pay her respects. Her present visit was in response to the invitation of the school management and MGR’s family members. The AIADMK leader gave away prizes to winners of contests and watched cultural programmes presented by the school students. In a brief chat with journalists, the AIADMK leader, who hosted a lunch on Monday for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party ‘prabhari’ (in-charge) of Tamil Nadu, Ravi Shankar Prasad, said it was premature to talk about an alliance with the BJP.
Before she went to Ramavaram, she declared open a medical camp at the party headquarters at Royapettah and gave away medicines and aid equipment to three patients.
At the Desiya Murpokku Dravida Kazhagam headquarters in Koyambedu, Panruti S. Ramachandran, chairman of the presidium, garlanded the statue of MGR.
S. Thirunavukkarasar, BJP national secretary, accompanied by party leaders G. Kumaravelu and M. Chakravarthi, paid tributes at the MGR memorial house at T. Nagar.