Chennai, Mar 6 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday
said the Chennai Central station would be named after former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and Bharat Ratna MG Ramachandran, popularly called as ‘MGR’.
Modi, who paid floral tributes to portraits of MGR and the late leader
J Jayalalithaa before addressing a campaign rally for the upcoming
Lok Sabha elections here, said, “We have decided to rename the Chennai Central station after the great MGR.”
He said MGR worked extensively for the downtrodden. His social welfare schemes gave strength to the fight against poverty, he added.
Modi, who also unveiled the statue of MGR at Dr MGR-Janaki College
for Women through video-conferencing, said MGR was the great son of soil.
“MGR is one of the most respected icons of India. He not only ruled the cine
world, but also the hearts of people,” Modi said. A few years ago, he (Modi) had gone to Sri Lanka and also visited the area
where MGR was born.
Modi also said the Central Government was making continuous efforts
towards the development of Tamil Nadu.
“We are committed to creating a developed Tamil Nadu that Amma (late leader J Jayalalithaa) dreamt of,” he added.