Chief Minister and AIADMK general secretary J Jayalalithaa on Saturday cancelled an Iftar party being organised at Udhagamandalam on July 27 as the party is observing mourning over the death of its MLA representing Yercaud (ST) Assembly constituency.
In a statement here, Jayalalithaa said, “It would be inappropriate to organise Iftar party since the AIADMK is grief-stricken over the death of Perumal. I announce this with a heavy heart that the Iftar party scheduled for July 27 stands cancelled.” “The AIADMK has been organising Iftar party every year for a long time during the holy month of Ramadan. This year too, all arrangements have been made for the Iftar party and the invitations were about to be sent to leaders of all parties. At this juncture, Perumal, long time member of the party and who had unstinted loyalty to the party leadership died,” Jayalalithaa said.
Invitations for the Iftar party were about to be sent to leaders including: Chief Kaji (Sunni) Salahuddin Mohammed Ayub, Chief Kazi (Shia), Moulana Ghulam Mohammed Mehdi Khan, Haji Syed Moinuddeen, Prince of Arcot, Nawab Mohammed Ali, CPI State secretary D Pandian, CPM floor leader in the State Assembly, A Soundararajan, C K Thamizarasan (RPI), AISMK leader R Sarathkumar, AIFB leader P Kathiravan, among others.