Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s fan frenzy is well-known.
Adding to that, a loyalist of the minister has laid the foundation stone of the ‘Amma Temple’ or ‘Amma Aalayam’ in the Iyeppedu village, 60km from Vellore.
A.P. Srinivasan, who is the joint secretary of MGR Youth Wing, will build the temple on a 1,200-sq ft land that he purchased in 2008. The cost for the temple is expected to be around Rs 50 lakh.
Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa
Srinivasan, who is joined AIADMK party in 2004, said:
“I am a devotee of ‘Amma’, and this temple is to show my devotion to her. She is like God for us. I had purchased the land as an investment, but was harbouring this idea of constructing a temple for long. My idea has gained form now.”
On February 28, the ‘bhoomi puja’ for the temple was done.
“Amma Aalayam will showcase the history and achievements of Amma. I have planned to put up paintings that will portray her history,” said the 37-year-old advocate.
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Also, Srinivasan plans to install a six-foot-tall bronze statue of the chief minister.
Besides that, visitors will also get to see the statues of former chief ministers C.N. Annadurai and M.G. Ramachandran.
However, this isn’t the first time that Jayalalithaa supporters have done such act.
Recently, at the funeral of a Siachen martyr, Tamil Nadu state minister Sellur Raju displayed chief minister’s photo against his coffin.
Sellur Raju with a picture of Jayalalithaa against the coffin
In addition to that, during a mass wedding organised by the government, the newly-wed couples were asked to wear headbands with stickers of the chief minister.