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After backlash over statue not resembling Jayalalithaa, AIADMK unveils new one

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Chennai, Nov 14: The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu has unveiled a bronze statue of former Chief Minister and AIADMK Chief J Jayalalithaa at their party headquarters in Chennai.

A decision to commission a new statue was made following criticism of the existing statue of Jayalalithaa that was unveiled during her 70th birth anniversary in February this year.

Jayalalithaa

The new statue was unveiled by Chief Minister K Palanisamy and his deputy O Panneerselvam among cheers from party supporters. The leaders paid floral tributes to the 'refurbished' statue of Jayalalithaa, in the presence of senior leaders, including MPs and state ministers.

The old life-size statue of the late leader in February was unveiled at a grand event on the occasion of her 70th birth anniversary. The bronze statue with a rose garland was placed next to that of AIADMK leader MG Ramachandran at the party office.

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However, it drew criticism from various quarters that it bore little resemblance to Jayalalithaa following which the party decided to go in for a new one.

Accordingly, the new statue was unveiled Wednesday, and is placed near that of party founder and former chief minister MG Ramachandran at the entrance of the AIADMK headquarters.

Following this, Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy ordered for a new statue. Veteran sculptor D Rajkumar Vudayar of East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh was entrusted with the job of creating the eight-foot tall statue.

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