I`m the political heir of MGR: Jayalalitha

Amidst reports that actor-politician Vijayakant`s attempts to woo fans of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M G Ramachandran had made a dent in AIADMK`s traditional votebank in rural areas, party leader Jayalalithaa said she was the only political heir of the late party founder.

Chennai, Jan 17: Amidst reports that actor-politician Vijayakant`s attempts to woo fans of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M G Ramachandran had made a dent in AIADMK`s traditional votebank in rural areas, party leader Jayalalithaa
said she was the only political heir of the late party founder.
"We`re running the party founded by mgr. I am heading the
party as general secretary. I am the political heir of
Puratchi Thalaivar (revolutionary leader). Nobody else can
claim right over his legacy," she said today while speaking at
the late leader`s suburban residence, Ramavaram Garden, on the
occasion of his 91st birth anniversary.

Launching a scathing attack on Vijayakant, affectionately
called `Black MGR` by his fans, Jayalalithaa said some people
were launching political parties to become like MGR.

"One can make instant coffee but cannot create instant
leaders. Those who want to become like mgr are akin to the cat
which burnt itself while attempting to draw stripes on its
body like a Tiger," she said, taking a swipe at Vijayakant,
without mentioning his name.

Pointing out that MGR did not become a party leader or a
Chief Minister overnight, the AIADMK supremo said he joined a
political movement at a very young age, worked hard to
propagate its ideals and contributed all his money for its
development.

"It was MGR who helped DMK founder C N Annadurai to
ascend the throne (chief ministership)," she said.

Jayalalithaa said people would reveal what they thought
about those who were claiming the legacy of MGR at election
time. "Till then, let them do and say whatever they want," she
added.

Refuting media reports that she was visiting her
political mentor`s residence after a gap of two decades,
Jayalalithaa said she had come to Ramavaram Garden in 1995 to
meet MGR`s widow, Janaki Ramachandran, and again in 1996 to
pay homage when Janaki died.

Jaya said she had now come to Ramavaram Garden on MGR`s
birth anniversary at the invitation of his family members
living nearby. "This is my home. I`ve every right to come
here. I`ll visit the place whenever I want", she said.

Jayalalithaa, who had paired with MGR in several films
during 60s and 70s, showered encomiums on her political
mentor, saying it was MGR who introduced `nutritious meal`
scheme for school children, now being emulated by other
states.

When MGR introduced the scheme, his political opponents
and detractors ridiculed him. But now, the Supreme Court had
issued a direction that the scheme should be implemented in
all states, she said.

The AIADMK supremo also congratulated MGR`s family
members for efficiently running a school for speech and
visually impaired children, as per the late leader`s will.

Earlier, Jayalalithaa was greeted by hundreds of partymen,
who had swarmed Ramavaram Garden. After hoisting party flag
at the entrance, she paid homage at the MGR Memorial located
on the premises and spent some time in the house.

She also watched cultural programmes presented by the
speech and visually impaired children and distributed prizes.

Bureau Report

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