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Jan 17, 2021

Prime Minister pays tributes to MGR on his birth anniversary

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Today is the 104th Birth anniversary of legendary actor and former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Maruthur Gopalan Ramachandran popularly known as M. G. R. was film actor and politician who served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for ten years from 1977 and 1987. 

M.G.R. became a member of the C. N. Annadurai-led Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam DMK  and rapidly rose through its ranks. In 1972, three years after Annadurai's death, he left the DMK, then led by M.Karunanidhi, to form his own party-the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).

Five years later, he became Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, the first film actor ever to become an elected Head of a province anywhere in the world. He died on 24 December 1987 after his prolonged illness. M.G.R. is regarded as a cultural icon in Tamil Nadu and the most influential actor of Tamil cinema. In 1988, M.G.R. was awarded the Bharat Ratna, posthumously.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tributes to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M G Ramachandran on his birth anniversary. In a tweet, Mr Modi said, Bharat Ratna MGR lives in the hearts of several people. He said, be it the world of films or politics, he was widely respected. The Prime Minister said, during his Chief Ministerial tenures, he initiated numerous efforts towards poverty alleviation and also emphasised on women empowerment.

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