Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was remembered on her first death anniversary, with AIADMK veterans K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam leading the party supporters in paying tributes to their ‘Amma.’
Jayalalithaa is fondly addressed as ‘Amma,’ meaning mother in Tamil, by her supporters.
AIADMK Coordinator and Deputy Chief Minister, O Panneerselvam and party Co-Coordinator and Chief Minister, K Palaniswami led a silent procession of party workers from Anna Salai to Jayalalithaa’s mausoleum on Marina beach here.
Most of the party workers, including the two leaders and many other ministers, were clad in black shirts.
Around 1 lakh people gathered near Jayalalithaa’s memorial to observe the anniversary. As the crowd increased, traffic police stopped vehicle movement near Gandhi Statue and diverted it to Anna Salai through Radhakrishnan Salai. Vehicles were also stopped near Napier Bridge and diverted to Anna Salai through Periyar Statue.
“Our focus was on vehicles carrying cadres. We did not allow them to come inside the city. They were diverted at entry points and made to reach Kamarajar Salai directly,” said a senior police officer said in Chennai.
Traffic disruptions were caused along arterial roads including Anna Salai, Kamarajar Salai, and other feeder roads to Marina beach due to the march observing the first death anniversary of former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday.
Jayalalithaa, admitted to a corporate hospital here in September 2016, breathed her last this day last year, after 75 days of hospitalisation.