This Article is From Dec 29, 2016

Give Jayalalithaa Bharat Ratna, Nobel Peace Prize, Magsaysay, Says AIADMK

Give Jayalalithaa Bharat Ratna, Nobel Peace Prize, Magsaysay, Says AIADMK

AIADMK resolved to whatever was necessary so Jayalalithaa is awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Chennai: Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who died earlier this month, should be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Ramon Magsaysay award and India's top civilian honour Bharat Ratna, her party AIADMK said today.

At a meeting in which the party chose Ms Jayalalithaa's closest friend Sasikala Natarajan as its new leader, it also said the former Chief Minister's birthday should be designated 'National Farmers' Day'.

The party resolved to do whatever it takes so Ms Jayalalithaa is awarded the prestigious Nobel and Magsaysay awards for her welfare schemes.

The AIADMK resolution said Ms Jayalalithaa had always called herself a farmer and implemented several welfare schemes, so it would be a fitting tribute to her memory to mark her birth anniversary as "Farmers'Day''.

The birthday of late Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh - December 23 - is commemorated as Kisan Divas or Farmer's Day.

Chief Minister O Panneerselvam had earlier taken the party's demand for a Bharat Ratna for Ms Jayalalithaa to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whom he met in Delhi last week.

This morning, the party decided to make Sasikala Natarajan its general secretary.

The post was held by Ms Jayalalithaa till she died on December 5.

Soon after the meeting, Mr Panneerselvam and other party leaders headed to the home in Poes Garden that Ms Jayalalithaa shared for decades with Ms Natarajan, a former video store owner.

Ms Jayalalithaa died at 68 earlier this month of a massive cardiac arrest, after over two months in hospital.

(With inputs from Indo-Asian News Service)