MGR Statue in Parliament
Nine Foot Bronze Statue of M.G.Ramachandran, the Former Chief Minister Tamil Nadu was unveiled in Parliament Complex on 7th December 2006. The Bronze statue was sculpted by Mani Nagappa and was donated by AIADMK. The statue was unveiled by Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee, in the auspicious presence of the Vice President of India Bhairon Singh Shekhawat. The function was presided by National Leaders and various party members. Including BJP Leader L.K.Advani, Union Ministers Mr.Pranab Mukherjee, Mr.P.Chidambaram, Mr.Priyaranjan Dasmunsi and Mr.Jairam Ramesh, MDMK Leader Mr.Vaiko and all the AIADMK MPs and MLAs were present in the function.
A booklet was released on the occasion described Bharat Ratna MGR as a man of the masses who strived for their welfare. He was a remarkable politician, nationalist to the core and visionary Chief Minister. He strived ceaselessly for the betterment and welfare of the people, particularly the poor. A renowned actor, MGR propagated, through his films, high ideals, which he hoped would take root among the people. His Chief Ministership was recongnised for its contribution to the growth of higher education, systematic rural development, the mid day meal scheme and reservation for weaker sections. (Source The Hindu dt.8.12.2006)
Ms.Jayalalithaa, (General Secretary of AIADMK) said this is a historic occasion, which transcends all political considerations; everyone from Tamil Nadu should have participated. MGR was an illustrious son of India. He did not belong just to the AIADMK or Tamil Nadu but the entire country. Hence the Government of India honoured him with the Bharat Ratna.
As a fan of MGR I thank “Amma” for her painstaking work in unveiling the Statue of her Mentor in Parliament.