Late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa was remembered on her second death anniversary on Wednesday, December 5 with top AIADMK leaders O Pannnerselvam and K Palaniswami leading the party men in paying tributes to her.
The ruling party took a pledge to secure a 'grand victory' in the forthcoming bypolls to 20 Assembly segments and next year's Lok Sabha elections and dedicate it to the late leader.
The Madras High Court had recently upheld the disqualification of 18 AIADMK MLAs by Speaker P Dhanapal for revolting against Chief Minister K Palaniswami in August 2017, prompting bypolls there.
Tiruvarur and Thirupparankundram seats had fell vacant following the death of their incumbent MLAs, former DMK chief M Karunanidhi and A K Bose (AIADMK), respectively.
Earlier in the day, clad in black shirts, Panneerselvam and Palaniswami, AIADMK coordinator and joint coordinator, respectively, led a silent march from Anna Salai to Marina beach, where the former AIADMK supremo was laid to rest.
cabinet ministers, MPs, and MLAs besides scores of party supporters most of whom were clad in black joined Panneerselvam and Palaniswami. Palaniswami is the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu while Pannerselvam is his Deputy.
At the Jayalalithaa memorial, Panneerselvam and Palaniswami besides others paid floral tributes to their departed 'Amma' and were seen turning emotional. Jayalalithaa is fondly addressed as 'Amma' by her supporters, meaning mother in Tamil.
Later, Panneerselvam administered the pledge to party cadres, which was repeated by Palaniswami and others. The party heaped praises on her for her political acumen and wisdom.
In the pledge, the ruling party also recalled the various electoral victories achieved by it and said all the credit for them went to Jayalalithaa.
"In all elections, the AIADMK has been reaping victories after victories and the credit goes to Amma only. We will replicate her hardwork and walk the path laid down by her in the forthcoming bypolls and Lok Sabha elections," it said.
"The party will secure a grand victory in these and dedicate them to Amma," the party leaders pledged. AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran also took out a silent procession with his close aides and supporters.