Union minister Venkaiah Naidu today paid rich tributes to former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa and urged AIADMK leaders to fulfil her dreams for the benefit of the people. The Union Minister for Urban Development said expansion of metro rail in the state capital was Jayalalithaa's dream, as he flagged off the first underground metro rail service from Thirumangalam to Nehru Park here. "The metro rail project was started by Jayalalithaa ji. I feel sad that we are missing her today," he said. "The expansion of metro rail service in Chennai was Jayalalithaa's dream.
That dream is coming true today," he said. "That is why I call upon the Tamil Nadu government, the chief minister, ministers, MPs, MLAs to see to it that whatever she promised to the people of the state, they get fulfilled without any problem," Naidu, also the minister for information and broadcasting, said. He assured chief minister Palaniswami that the Centre would extend full support to Tamil Nadu government to fulfil the dreams of Jayalalithaa. The senior BJP leader said over the last 18 years he had been interacting with the former AIADMK supremo, who, he said used to discuss issues very frankly. "It is unfortunate that she is not among us today," he said. "Jayalalithaa ji is one leader whom I admired outside my party (BJP) because she was not only dynamic but also an able administrator. More than that she was a lovable personality and very affectionate," Naidu said.
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