Chennai, Apr 15 (): The Tamil Nadu Assembly today passed a unanimous resolution making a demand to the centre to name the second domestic air terminal after the AIADMK founder and former chief minister, late M G Ramachandran.
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s move was accepted by the DMK who along with the Congress supported the resolution making certain its passage unanimously. While clarifying the need to pass the resolution, the chief minister said that Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh had urged her in the previous meeting that the State government apart from making a request for naming the second terminal after the late Chief Minister should also adopt a resolution and send it to the Centre for consideration.
Recalling her memory, Jayalalithaa said that her government boycotted the inauguration of the new terminal by Vice President Hamid Ansari on January 31, 2013 in order to oppose the central government’s decision for not paying heed to the Tamil Nadu government’s demand for naming it after the former chief minister.
MG Ramachandran was a well known leader among the people of Tamil Nadu and remained to be a hero even after his death. Jayalalithaa today took a firm stand insisting the centre to take all efforts in naming the second terminal of the modernised domestic terminal II at the airport after the late chief minister.
She also pointed out saying that as the Chennai international airport was named after DMK founder CN Annadurai and domestic terminal was named after late Congress leader K Kamaraj, similarly the new terminal should be named after MGR.
Adoring the late chief minister, Jayalalithaa claimed that MGR was a man who lived a simple life and was known for his humanitarian character. He lived his life for others and never bowed to pride, said Jayalalithaa adding that it will be appropriate to name the terminal after the departed leader.