Even at the funeral of a Siachen martyr in Tamil Nadu, politicians have found a way to score points.
At the funeral of a Siachen martyr – Sepoy G. Ganesan, Tamil Nadu state minister Sellur Raju displayed Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s photo against his coffin. Raju came with district collector Veera Raghava Rao to pay his last respects.
The Tamil Nadu government had announced to give Rs 10 lakh each to the families of four Army jawans from the state killed in the avalanche in Siachen.
Even as the family of the martyred Sepoy was grieving inconsolably, the minister apparently told Ganesan’s weeping mother to look at the person in the photo as she was the one who had sent the money.
Then, the soldier’s mother folded her hands in gratitude.
Outraged by the insensitive act, the crowd slammed it. “It is a shameful and insensitive act front of the martyr’s coffin,” said Prem, a local resident.
Hundreds of people bid emotional farewell to Siachen bravehearts G Ganesan (25) and S Kumar (37), whose last rites were performed with full state honours at Chokkathevanpatti in Madurai and Kumanan Kuzhu in Theni districts respectively.
The atmosphere at the funeral was highly emotional with friends, relatives and locals bidding tearful farewell.
However, this isn’t the first time that Jayalalithaa supporters have done such act.
Last week only, AIADMK men asked newly-wed couples to wear headbands with stickers of the Chief Minister during the mass wedding.
The mass wedding was organised by the government to celebrate Jayalalithaa’s 68th birthday.
In addition, during the Chennai floods last year, AIADMK supporters pasted the stickers of the chief minister on the relief material.
It seems the AIADMK is leaving no chance to promote the chief minister before the state go to polls this year. But, it is very disheartening to see the politicians stooping to so low for publicity.