Updated: September 17, 2021 1:19:55 pm
Celebrating the 143rd birth anniversary of Dravidian ideologue EV Ramasamy, popularly known as Periyar, Chief Minister MK Stalin paid floral tributes to the social reformer in Anna Salai on Friday. Stalin was joined by cabinet ministers Durai Murugan, Sekar Babu and KN Nehru, and MPs TR Balu and K Kanimozhi, among others.
The chief minister said Periyar laid the foundation for the growth of Tamil society in the last century and his teachings will continue to pave the way for the future.
மக்கள் மன்றம், நீதிமன்றம், சட்டமன்றம், நாடாளுமன்றம் என அனைத்து மக்கள் மனங்களிலும் சமூகநீதியை விதைத்த பகுத்தறிவுப் பகலவன் தந்தை பெரியாரை அவர் பிறந்தநாளான இன்று வணங்குகிறோம். அவர் பிறப்பால்தான் தமிழினம் புதுப்பிறப்பை அடைந்தது. மானமும் அறிவும் உள்ள சமுதாயம் ஆனது.#HBDPeriyar pic.twitter.com/aYN0jZdQwH
— M.K.Stalin (@mkstalin) September 17, 2021
He later left for the state Secretariat to take a pledge alongside government officials affirming that they will follow the social reformer’s ideology which is based on social justice, self-respect, rationalism and equality.
On Thursday, Stalin said a committee comprising bureaucrats, educationists and legal experts would be formed to monitor whether social justice is duly followed in employment, education, postings, promotions and appointments. Two weeks ago, the CM had announced in the Assembly that Periyar’s birth anniversary on September 17 will be observed as Social Justice Day every year to propagate his egalitarian principles.
Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to pay tribute to Periyar on his 113th birth anniversary.
Freedom, Courage, Equality…
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) September 17, 2021
Meanwhile, BJP functionaries in the state celebrated the 71st birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting L Murugan, BJP state president K Annamalai and other senior functionaries marked the occasion in Chennai by cutting a cake. Annamalai took to Twitter and said the party kicked off the celebrations by cleaning the beach near Tiruvanmiyur in Chennai.
— K.Annamalai (@annamalai_k) September 17, 2021
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