C. Jaishankar

PASUMPON: Thousands of cadres of political parties and community organisations paid floral tributes to Muthuramalinga Thevar at his memorial here on Tuesday.

Former Chief Minister and general secretary of the AIADMK Jayalalithaa placed a wreath at the memorial. Later, she inaugurated a mass feeding organised by the Moovendar Munnetra Kazhagam.

Leaders of various political parties, including G.K. Vasan, Union Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation, Ravi Shankar Prasad, L. Ganesan and S. Thirunavukkarasar of the BJP, R. Nallakannu of the CPI, N. Varadarajan of the CPI (Marxist), G.K. Mani of the PMK, Vaiko, general secretary, MDMK, Vijaykant of the DMDK, and M. Karthik of the All India Forward Bloc, paid tributes at the memorial.

Assembly Speaker R. Avudayappan, Ministers Arcot N. Veerasamy, Durai Murugan, K. Ponmudi, ThangamThennarasu, Suba. Thangavelan, R. Tamilarasi and Paruthi Ilamvazhuthi also participated. Followers of Muthuramalinga Thevar, drawn from all over south Tamil Nadu, thronged the memorial in several vehicles. Several of them tonsured their heads at the central mandapam.