Badagas welcome Jayalalithaa at Kodanad

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Ooty: Cloudy weather making it impossible for her use the chopper to fly to the hills,  chief minister J.Jayalalithaa arrived by road in Kodanad  on Friday to a rousing reception from AIADMK workers and others who had lined up on the slopes to receive her. 
 
Music and  dances by the Badaga and other tribals who performed Kerala’s Chendamelam and Kota as well, greeted her as she reached Kodanad at 2.10 pm.  A large number of Badagas had turned out in their traditional attire  along with their  dance troupes to welcome her as she has given them what they were hoping for, for years  when she appointed a member of the community to the Rajya Sabha recently. 
 
Chieftain of the Kundah Seemai Badaga community, Annamalai R. Mur­ugesan, reflected the popular mood when he said  his people had come to greet the CM  to express  their gratitude for making Mr K.R.Arjunan, a Badaga  and  the district secretary of the AIADMK in the Nilgiris, a Rajya Sabha MP.  
 
“It is nearly after five decades that  a resident of the Nilgiris and a Badaga has been elected to the Rajya Sabha.  It is a proud mom­ent for  the Badagas, who constitute for the single largest ethnic community in the Nilgiris,” he added.

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