AIADMK General Secretary and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa turned 65 today.
The Chief Minister, nursing the ambition of playing a bigger role at the national level post next parliamentary elections, had asked her partymen to win all 40 seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, in her recent birthday message.
She had said securing all 40 Lok Sabha seats (39 in Tamil Nadu and one in Puducherry) would only give her happiness and told the party workers to "start working towards that goal from today itself," something which she has been highlighting of late.
The CM asked her supporters to desist from any grandeur to mark her birthday and instead distribute welfare to people. Partymen organised mass-feeding, blood donation and other activities even as banners and posters dotted the city walls hailing the 'Puratchi Thalaivi' (Revolutionary Leader).
Jayalalithaa, addressed affectionately as 'Amma', meaning mother in Tamil by her supporters had made it clear that her party will go alone in the next polls, indicating that she is keeping her options open on political alignment and government formation.
Partymen celebrated Jayalalithaa's birthday by distributing clothes and other assistance to the poor people across the state while special prayers were also held.
A 65 kg cake was cut at the party headquarters by Ministers and distributed to public while the Chief Minister herself had launched a massive 65-lakh tree saplings planting drive to mark her birthday recently.
In her third term as Chief Minister of the state, Jayalalithaa, also a yesteryear actor, was initiated into politics by her mentor and AIADMK founder late M G Ramachandran, himself matinee icon in Tamil cinema history.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj were among several leaders who greeted Jayalalithaa on her birthday.
Singh, Swaraj and CPI national secretary D Raja extended their greetings over telephone, a state government release here said, adding, Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah sent a flower bouquet to Jayalalithaa.
Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy, political analyst and Editor of Tamil magazine Thuglaq, Cho Ramaswamy, yesteryear actors Saroja Devi and PS Chachu also greeted Jayalalithaa.
AIADMK workers offered worship at the Meenakshi temple at Madurai and prayed
at the TELC church and cut a 65-kg cake as part of the birthday celebrations.
AIADMK activists also organised a common feast,and donated blood. Sweets were
also distributed to the poor.
They also offered to donate their eyes and other organs to hospitals after their