AIADMK turns 39

AIADMK turns 39

The 62-year-old former Chief Minister, however, did not address party workers, who had gathered there in good numbers, or the media as she is scheduled to address a public rally at Madurai tomorrow, against the backdrop of a series of threats warning her against coming to the temple city.

At the party headquarters here, party workers danced to the beats of 'murasu' (drums) by a group of artists, even as songs of MGR, a charismatic actor who later went on to become the Chief Minister of the state, blared out from loudspeakers. The whole area wore a festive look with festoons all over the place and party flags fluttering in the breeze.

A red velvette decorated stage was erected for Jayalalithaa to unfurl the flag and garland MGR's statue. Red and black balloons depicting party colours were flown into the air once Jayalalithaa unfurled the flag, marking the 39th year of existence of the party, floated by MGR in 1972 after he walked out of the DMK owing to differences with party leader and now Chief Minister, M Karunanidhi.

With the Assembly elections in the state scheduled for next May, Jayalalithaa had in her Founding Day message, called upon party workers to throw the DMK government out of power and reinstate the "golden rule of AIADMK". On Monday, she is scheduled to address a rally at Madurai, amidst a series of threats warning her of dire consequences if she went ahead with the rally in the city, considered a stronghold of DMK leader and Union Minister M K Alagiri.

However, Jayalalithaa had pooh-poohed the threats and asserted that she would go ahead with the rally.