Jaya turns 63; party cadre vow to defeat ruling DMK in TN

AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa turned 63 as her party workers vowed to defeat the ruling DMK in the coming Assembly polls and organised various welfare programmes such as blood-donation and mass-feeding across Tamil Nadu.

Chennai: AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa turned 63
on Thursday as her party workers vowed to defeat the ruling DMK in
the coming Assembly polls and organised various welfare
programmes such as blood-donation and mass-feeding across
Tamil Nadu.

Jayalalithaa, a yesteryear actress who was politically
baptised by former Chief Minister and party founder M G
Ramachandran, had given a call to AIADMK cadre to take a vow
to defeat DMK instead of making her birthday a grand
celebration.

Out of power since 2006 and performing below expected
levels in the 2009 Lok Sabha polls, Jayalalithaa, fondly
called `Amma` (mother) by party workers, has invested a lot of
prestige in the Assembly polls due in May, almost making it a
do-or-die battle for AIADMK.

AIADMK stole a march over DMK in making early poll
preparations but is dogged by uncertainty over seat-sharing
talks with allies, CPI(M), CPI and MDMK even as
actor-politician Vijayakant`s DMDK is keeping her guessing,
seeking a bigger share in seat allocation.

AIADMK workers cut cakes at different places, organised
mass-feeding and blood donation camps, and distributed dhoties
and sarees to the poor even as Jayalalithaa left for Mysore,
her birth place, to visit the famous Chamundeeswari temple
there.

The leader, extolled by party workers as `Puratchi
Thalaivi` (revolutionary leader), had said she found no reason
to celebrate her birthday as the state was receding in terms
of development due to "all-round failure" of the DMK
government which was affecting the people.

She had told party workers that the time for celebrations
would be when people gave their verdict in AIADMK`s favour.

AIADMK cadres usually organise grand celebrations,
arrange mass marriages and feed the poor on her birthday.

PTI

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