Tamil Nadu chief-minister Edapadi K. Palaniswami made two prominent announcements yesterday. Besides stating that a judicial inquiry headed by a retired Judge would be conducted into the mysterious circumstances behind the demise of former Tamil Nadu chief-minister J. Jayalalihtaa, he also said Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence would be turned into a Memorial.
The chief-minister addressed a crowded press conference outside the State Secretariat after holding consultations with his Ministerial colleagues Dindigul Srinivasan, Velumani, Thangamani and a few others. It may be recalled that doubts have been cast by the media, party cadres and commoners about the manner in which the former Tamil Nadu chief-minister passed away under mysterious circumstances.
“A Commission of Inquiry headed by a retired Judge would be constituted to inquire into the (mysterious) circumstances under which ‘Puratchithalaivi’ Jayalalithaa passed away. Action would be initiated based on the report to be submitted by the Commission. We have decided to conduct the inquiry bowing to popular demands and innumerable requests from the people,” the chief-minister said.
He also said that a decision to turn ‘Veda Nilayam’, the former chief-minister’s Poes Garden residence in Chennai, into a Memorial, has also been taken in view of people’s request.