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Jaya continues to be guiding beacon: says Panneerselvam in

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Late J Jayalalithaa's name was generously invoked during the presentation of Tamil Nadu budget Friday by Deputy O Panneerselvam, saying she continues to be the "guiding beacon and a guardian" of the

He also took her name before presenting the budget estimates for FY 2019-20.

Panneerselvam, who holds the Finance portfolio, said his deceased mentor was an 'embodiment' of greatness as mentioned in 'Tirukkural'.

Citing from a couplet from 'Tirukkural', penned by Thiruvalluvar, said, "only great persons endowed with noble qualities can achieve the zenith of perfection in the performance of great deeds."

was an "embodiment of this couplet, who lived by her credo of I am by the people and for the people, committing herself fully to the welfare of people and development of the state," he said.

The treasury benches thumped the benches when the deputy hailed

He further went on to say the late was living in the hearts of people of 'forever' and that she was a catalyst of "our inner consciousness."

"... an inspirational force to realise our potential, the late chief minister J continues to be our guiding beacon and a guardian of the good governance regime established by her perseverance," he said.

The incumbent Chief Minister, K Palaniswami, was effectively following the path laid down by her, while "surmounting all challenges posed by adversaries," he said.

said he was presenting the budget after "revering her visionary and able leadership and seeking her blessings to continue to fulfil her great legacy."

Earlier, the ruling AIADMK legislators accorded a grand welcome to Palaniswami and by thumping their desks when they jointly entered the prior to the budget.

Panneerselvam was seen carrying his Budget papers in a suitcase that had a large picture of Jayalalithaa pasted on it.

After leading her party to an unprecedented second term in the 2016 Assembly polls, Jayalalithaa died in December that year, after 75 days of hospitalisation.

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First Published: Fri, February 08 2019. 12:40 IST