TN leaders pay tribute to political icon and former chief minister CN Annadurai on his death anniversary

The DMK members led by Minister Duraimurugan led a rally from Anna Statue on Wallajah Road to the memorial at Anna Square.

BySouth First Desk

Published Feb 03, 2024 | 2:42 PMUpdatedFeb 03, 2024 | 2:42 PM

DMK leaders at the peace march in Chennai

Leaders and cadres from the Dravidian majors paid tribute to Tamil Nadu’s iconic leader and former chief minister CN Annadurai on his 55th death anniversary on Saturday, 3 February.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin, who could not lead the peace march in Chennai on the occasion, due to his overseas trip to Spain to woo investors into the state, paid homage to Annadurai’s portrait.

Posting a photograph on X of him paying tribute, Stalin urged his party men to strive tirelessly to install a new government at the Centre.

The DMK members, led by the party’s general secretary and state Water Resources Minister Duraimurugan, conducted a rally from Anna Statue on Wallajah Road to the Anna Memorial, officially Perarignar Anna Memorial, at Anna Square.

The party’s MPs, including Kanimozhi, MLAs and cadres participated. They paid tribute to a decorated portrait of their party founder.

Opposition parties join in

AIADMK general secretary Edappadi K Palaniswami, accompanied by his party leaders and workers, too, paid homage to Annadurai, hailed as a visionary leader, who was the source of inspiration for launching the AIADMK in his name.

“Anna dedicated his entire life to the upliftment of the poor and downtrodden and worked for the progress of Tamil Nadu,” said former AIADMK Minister D Jayakumar.

Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai, in a post on X, paid tribute to Annadurai. “I pay tribute to the memory of DMK founder and former chief minister of Tamil Nadu Perarignar Anna,” he wrote.

Conjeevaram Natarajan Annadurai (15 September 1909 – 3 February 1969), popularly known as Anna and Perarignar (scholar) Anna, served as the chief minister of Madras state from 1967 to 1969.

He was also the first chief minister of the state, which he later named Tamil Nadu.

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