Important vow by EPS-OPS, Stalin chairs crucial DMK meet

Rich tributes were paid to former chief minister M G Ramachandran by leaders of various parties at his memorial, on his death anniversary on Monday.

Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and deputy CM O Panneerselvam led the AIADMK workers in paying tributes and taking a vow to make the party win in the upcoming polls.

Meanwhile in the DMK, party president M K Stalin chaired a meeting of party MLAs, MPs, district heads and election in-charges, during which strategies for the upcoming elections were discussed.

Marudur Gopalan Ramachandran, popularly known as MGR, was an actor, filmmaker and politician who served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for ten years between 1977 and 1987.

He is a cultural icon in the state and is regarded as one of the most influential actors of the Tamil film industry. He was popularly known as “Makkal Thilagam” (People’s King) as he was popular with the masses.He was a philanthropist and a humanitarian icon.

MGR was a member of the Congress Party till 1953, and he used to wear khādī. In 1953 MGR joined the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) attracted by founder C.N. Annadurai. He became a vocal Tamil and Dravidian nationalist and prominent member of the DMK.

He added glamour to the Dravidian movement which was sweeping Tamil Nadu. MGR became a member of the state Legislative Council in 1962. At the age of 50, he was first elected to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly in 1967. After the death of his mentor, Annadurai, MGR became the treasurer of DMK in 1969 after Muthuvel Karunanidhi became the Chief Minister. Then he floated AIADMK and became CM.