Chennai: The AIADMK in Tamil Nadu unveiled a bronze statue of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa at their party headquarters in Chennai today. After facing  several criticisms for the previous statue of Jayalalithaa, which was unveiled on her 70th birth anniversary in February 2018, AIADMK took the decision to get a new statue done.

State chief minister K Palaniswami and deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam unveiled the new statue at the party headquarters in Royapettah.

During a grand event organised on the occasion of her 70th birth anniversary, the old statue was unveiled and placed next to that of AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran (MGR) at the party office. But, many people displayed their displeasure as the statue did not resemble the late AIADMK leader.

Following this, Edappadi K Palaniswami ordered a new statue from veteran sculptor D Rajkumar Vudayar of East Godavari district in Andhra Pradesh, who took up the task of creating a brand new eight-foot-tall statue.