Chief minister O Panneerselvam will impress upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take steps for conferring the highest civilian award, ‘Bharat Ratna’ on AIADMK supremo and late chief minister J Jayalalithaa. Besides, the Tamil Nadu chief minister will also hand over a letter to Modi for installing a life-size bronze statue of Jayalalithaa in the Parliament Complex, an official release said on Sunday.
The two demands that would be put forth before Modi on Monday were part of the resolutions that the state cabinet had adopted during the first meeting chaired by Panneerselvam after he assumed office early this month.
A few political leaders from the state, including AIADMK founder and former chief minister M G Ramachandran, had been conferred with ‘Bharat Ratna’. MGR, as he was fondly called by his followers, was awarded for his contributions to public life in 1988.
When the ruling NDA government at the Centre decided to confer the highest civilian award on former Prime Minister A B Vajpayee in 2014, DMK president M Karunanidhi demanded that the honour should also be conferred on rationalist leader E V Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar, and former chief minister Annadurai. Congress leader K Kamaraj and former finance minister C Subramanian, credited with the green revolution, have been conferred the Bharat Ratna.