Chennai, Feb 3: Dravidian veteran and former Chief Minister C N Annadurai was remembered across Tamil Nadu on his 48th death anniversary on Friday, with AIADMK chief V K Sasikala and DMK leader M K Stalin among others paying tributes to him. Sasikala, accompanied by Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and many senior leaders, paid floral tributes at Annadurai's memorial at the Marina here.
The AIADMK General Secretary also paid tributes at the memorials of party founder, the late M G Ramachandran, and her predecessor, the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, located on the famous beach. DMK Working President M K Stalin, General Secretary K Anbazhagan and other party leaders took out the usual silent procession here and later paid floral tributes at the memorial of Annadurai.
Stalin in a statement heaped encomiums on Annadurai, who founded the DMK, saying he was instrumental in giving 'Tamil Nadu' its present name, although it was earlier known as the Madras Presidency. A veteran Dravidian leader, Annadurai ushered in the first post independence era non-Congress government in Tamil Nadu in 1967 when his party stormed to power. The AIADMK, founded by actor-politician M G Ramachandran five years later, was named after him and called as the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.