Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, O. Panneerselvam will be handing over a letter of request to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking to confer country's highest civilian award, Bharat Ratna, to former Chief Minister and recently decease Jayalalithaa and also to install a bronze statue in the Parliament.

 

Bharat Ratna is India's highest civilian award which is awarded to an inspirational national figure whose contribution to their respective field of work is unmatched and who brings glory to the nation. Some of the awardees of this award include Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, CV Raman, Indira Gandhi, Mother Teresa, APJ Abdul Kalam and Amartya Sen. 

 

Jayalalithaa undoubtedly contributed hugely to the upliftment of Tamil Nadu and Tamilians, but at the same time, her involvement in scam and jail term can not be ignored. Also, as a national figure, her popularity is enough to deserve the Bharat Ratna or not is questionable. 

 

The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu will be meeting the Prime Minister in the capital and will brief him about the damage caused by cyclone Vardah which hit the state on December 12. 

 

The storm caused severe damage in the state, and as per National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), a minimum of 10 people died. 

 

Earlier in its first meeting after Jayalalithaa's demise, the Tamil Nadu cabinet concluded that Jayalalithaa's name will be proposed for Bharat Ratna.