EPS-OPS lay foundation stone for Jaya memorial, DMK protests ‘pooja’

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam today laid the foundation stone for construction of a memorial for late and former CM J Jayalalithaa on the Marina Beach in Chennai.
Palaniswami placed the first brick for the construction on the ground, and Panneerselvam the second, marking the formal inauguration of work for the memorial at the beach complex.
The construction of the memorial is expected to be completed in 12 months time with an estimated cost of Rs 45 crore. The announcement of a grand memorial was made by TN chief minister in 2017.
A ‘yagna’ and special prayers were conducted ahead of the stone laying event in which Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai, Tamil Nadu Ministers, MPs and MLAs participated along with the chief minister and his deputy.
The opposition DMK in Tamil Nadu, however, objected to the religious ceremony organised by the government saying that such an event “violates the secular culture of the state”.
“This has never happened. Their party can have a private yagna, but it can’t be part of a government function. This is yet another attempt by the ruling AIADMK to appease and prove their loyalty to the BJP,” DMK spokesperson A Saravanan said.