TN Government to open late CM J Jayalalithaa's house as memorial from Jan 28!
Galatta | Jan 25, 2021, 09:00 pm
Across the world, there are a few places which do not need the mention of a complete address. Just the mention of a building name, or street name or even the area name, would give away the identity of the most popular resident there. In Tamil Nadu, the area Poes Garden is famous for two of its residents. One of the residents of Poes Garden area - Superstar Rajinikanth, is known the world over as being a Superstar in acting. Another resident, who can be considered to be even more popular and powerful than Rajini himself, was the late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu - Selvi J Jayalalithaa! The Iron Lady of Tamil Nadu - Jayalalithaa, was an actress turned politician, who was a mighty force to reckon with, in political circles!
The area Poes Garden, which housed Jayalalithaa's Veda Nilayam, became synonymous as the centre of power for the Tamil Nadu government. One of the most powerful addresses for over three decades, Poes Garden's Veda Nilayam had been Jayalalithaa's residence for over 50 years. The bungalow had originally been bought by Jayalalithaa's mother Sandhya, in the late 1960s! One of the most prestigious places of visit for almost all AIADMK cadres during Jayalalithaa's life period, Veda Nilayam was not easily accessible and visiting was possible only by invitation. Even when invited, any visitor had to undergo three different security checks to enter the place. After Jayalalithaa's death, her nephew J Deepak and niece J Deepa, were deemed her legal heirs.
After Jayalalithaa passed away in 2016, the TN Government had announced in 2017 that her Veda Nilayam bungalow would be converted into a memorial for her. This move had been welcomed widely but still had quite some opposition from a few sections. Now, the TN government has decided to go ahead with their plans for unveiling Veda Nilayam as a memorial, despite Jayalalithaa's heirs Deepa and Deepak having challenged the Government's decision at the Madras High Court. The memorial at Veda Nilayam will be open for the public, from January 28th, a day after a memorial for Jayalalithaa is opened at her resting place at the Marina beach. This decision is creating a lot of ripples in political circles, as Jayalalithaa's close aide VK Sasikala is being released from the Parappana Agrahara Prison, on January 27th! Reports state that Jayalalithaa's mother Sandhya had purchased the frontside of the Veda Nilayam property for just Rs. 1.32 lakhs in 1967 and that Jayalalithaa had acquired the surrounding properties to make the house into what it is today, which is being valued at nearly Rs. 100 crores. The house is said to hold a massive library with over 8000 books, which Jayalalithaa had built overlooking her bedroom. All these books will now be on display for the public, when Veda Nilayam opens as a memorial!