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Tamil Nadu Cabinet to recommend Jayalalithaa's name for Bharat Ratna

Chennai: On Sunday, at its first meeting, the Tamil Nadu Cabinet decided to recommend late AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa for 'Bharat Ratna', the highest civilian honour of the country, and to propose to the Centre to install her life-size bronze statue in Parliament complex.

At the meeting chaired by Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and a small portrait of Jayalalithaa on the table, a number of decisions were taken to honour the late Chief Minister.

"A resolution was adopted in the Cabinet to recommend to the Centre to award Bharat Ratna to honourable Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa," an official statement said.

It was also proposed in the Cabinet meeting to 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.

 Tamil Nadu Cabinet to recommend Jayalalithaas name for Bharat Ratna

A file photo of Jayalalithaa. PTI

The Cabinet 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.

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Updated Date: Dec 11, 2016 21:35:07 IST

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