No Bharat Ratna for Jayalalithaa? Madras High Court dismisses PIL to confer late CM with honour

The Madras High Court has dismissed a public interest litigation seeking direction to Centre to announce Bharat Ratna for late AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa (her name is sometimes spelt as Jayalalitha as well), who passed away in December 2016, ANI reported.

 No Bharat Ratna for Jayalalithaa? Madras High Court dismisses PIL to confer late CM with honour

A woman walks pass a large portrait of J Jayalalithaa. Reuters

The news might come as disheartening to the follower of the AIADMK leaders, especially since, last month, the Tamil Nadu cabinet at its first meeting had passed a resolution to recommend Jayalalithaa for "Bharat Ratna", the highest civilian honour of the country.

The Bharat Ratna was one of the many resolutions that were passed in the meeting, chaired by Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, to honour the late Chief Minister.

The cabinet had also decided to propose to the Centre to install her life-size bronze statue in Parliament complex and raise a memorial building for the leader at the MGR Memorial site, where she was laid to rest.

The Cabinet also resolved to rename the memorial as Dr Puratchi Thalaivar MGR and Puratchi Thalaivi Amma Selvi J Jayalalithaa Memorial.

The Cabinet had also proposed to unveil a portrait of the leader in the Tamil Nadu Assembly.

The meeting condoled Jayalalithaa's death saying the 68-year-old leader had dedicated her life for the betterment of the people of Tamil Nadu, and help the state take giant strides in sectors like social welfare, education and growth.

"We promise to work in the path laid down by Amma who is now watching us perform" from Marina where she was buried, the Ministers said, condoling her death.

She was an "unparallelled leader" in the sense that she was AIADMK General Secretary for 28 of her 35 years of public service, a seven-time MLA and leading the party to many victories including the 2011 and 2016 assembly polls and 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the resolution said.

She had overcomed many challenges presented by rivals and had ruled the state with the sole motive of people's welfare, it added.

It said Jayalalithaa had donated gold jewelleries she was wearing to the then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri during the 1965 Indo-Pak war.

Tracing her life from her being born to Sandhya-Jayaram in 1948, it said Jayalalithaa grew to be a bright student in school and excelled in arts like music and dance.

She was even lauded by former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi for her speeches in Rajya Sabha on issues including internal security, it said.

Earlier, Panneerselvam and other Ministers paid floral tributes to Jayalalithaa's portrait and then held the meeting.

With agency inputs

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Updated Date: Jan 06, 2017 13:34:31 IST