Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Jayalalithaa portrait unveiled in TN Assembly: DMK, Congress boycott

Jayalalithaa portrait unveiled in TN Assembly: DMK, Congress boycott

The state government brushed aside the criticism and rushed through the ceremony, as the DMK petitioned the Madras high court, demanding the portrait be removed from the assembly. Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami will preside over the function in the presence of Deputy CM O. Panneerselvam, said Assembly secretary K. Boopathy.

Chennai: A political controversy has broken out in Tamil Nadu over the AIADMK's Government's hurried move to unveil a portrait of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa in the Legislative Assembly Hall on Monday.

In a Tweet, the working president of the party MK Stalin questioned why the Assembly took exception to some of his legislators bringing packets of Gutkha into the Assembly to prove how easily the banned substance was available, when it had no qualms unveiling the portrait of a convict inside the assembly.

For the loyal AIADMK cadres and the staunch followers of late Jayalalithaa, it may seem to be a time for celebration but not for every common man in the state who is always against adoring a convicted crime and the related leader. "I wholeheartedly welcome the move to unveil Jayalalithaa's portrait". In today's world, it is very tough for a woman to be in politics and as a woman, Jayalalithaa had tided over many crises and displayed unbelievable sustainability.

The portrait occupied a prominent position in the Assembly and was placed at a distance from the other 10 portraits of former CMs and Tamil Nadu icons.

Charges against Jayalalithaa were abated after her death on December 5, 2016 but the court did say that the former chief minister was in league with Sasikala.

Mr Palaniswami also said steps were on to erect a grand memorial for her.

The Assembly Hall has the portraits of all the late Chief Ministers who have served the state, besides Saint poet Tiruvalluvar, Rationalist leader Periyar and architect of Indian Constitution B R Ambedkar.

CPI (M) state secretary G.Ramakrishnan said, "This will set a wrong example, as she was convicted by the court in a corruption case". While the DMK opposes this, Vijayadharani, an MLA of Congress which is in alliance with the DMK, has supported the unveiling of the portrait of Jayalalithaa.

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