AIADMK demands Bharat Ratna for Jayalalithaa

Published: February 2, 2017 - 16:25 Updated: August 4, 2017 - 16:53

New Delhi:  Members of the AIADMK today demanded conferring of the Bharat Ratna on former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and installation of her life size bronze statue in Parliament.

Raising the demand during Zero Hour in the Rajta Sabha, Vijila Sathyananth of the AIADMK said, ''We lost Amma. She was called Amma by crores of people. The iron lady of TN brought all-round development. Her intelligence and governance cannot be compared to any leader in the world. We demand that the highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna be conferred on her. We urge the Centre to install her life size bronze statue in Parliament and recommend her for Nobel Prize.''

AIADMK Member V Maitreyan raised the issue of floods in Tamil Nadu in December and demanded that the Centre release funds for cyclone relief.

"Tamil Nadu was devastated by floods in December, causing a lot of damage. Till date, no grant has been released for cyclone relief. The Tamil Nadu government has asked for Rs 22,000 crore as relief,'' said Maitreyan.  DMK member Kanimozhi raised the issue of the oil spill on the Chennai Coast.

Speaking on the issue, she called for efforts by the government to deal with the situation.

''The Chennai port is cleaning it up. However, government organisations don't come together when such damage happens. Ecosystem is damaged. We don't have trained professionals to manage such situations. Cleaning efforts are getting slowed down,'' she said.

Viplove Thakur of the Congress raised the issue of academic pressure on students due to parents and coaching centres burdening students.  Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said the students were under pressure from parents and coaching centres and the government should respond in the matter.

Responding on the matter, Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said that he would convey the sentiments of the member to the Minister for Human Resource Development. He assured that the government would look into the matter.