Padayatchiyar portrait unveiled in TN Assembly
Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Friday unveiled a portrait of freedom fighter SS Ramasamy Padayatchiyar in the State Assembly hall. He said a memorial for Padayatchiyar, being constructed at Manjakuppam in Cuddalore district at an expenditure of Rs 2.15 crore will be opened soon.
Padayatchiyar’s portrait is the 12th to be unveiled in the House. Portraits of Thiruvalluvar, Mahatma Gandhi, BR Ambedkar, Periyar, Rajaji, K Kamaraj, Pasumpon Muthuramalinga Thevar, Arignar Anna, Quaid-e-Milleth, MG Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa were unveiled since 1948.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister recalled the role of Ramasamy Padayatchiyar in the freedom struggle and in public life. He said Padayatchiyar founded the Tamil Nadu Toilers Party in 1952 and 19 candidates of this party were elected to the Assembly while four were elected to Lok Sabha. In 1954, he became a minister in the Cabinet headed by the late K Kamaraj.
Later, between 1980-84, he also served as an MP. Palaniswami recalled that Padayatchiyar was instrumental in creating a category — Most Backward Community — to uplift the socially backward people in society. Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said Padayatchiyar ensured removal of ‘criminal tribe’ tag imposed on Vanniyar community, by Britishers. He also recalled that the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa had renamed Villupuram district as SS Ramasamy Padayatchiyar district.