Jayalalithaa portrait unveiled in Assembly; opposition parties boycott ceremony

Jayalalithaa portrait unveiled in Assembly; opposition parties boycott ceremony

The AIADMK's rivals today opposed the ruling party's decision to unveil J Jayalalithaa's portrait in the Assembly claiming that she was "convicted" in a disproportionate assets case, while the main opposition DMK chose to boycott the event tomorrow.

Chief-minister Edapadi K. Palaniswami said that Jayalalithaa's fame would remain intact till the earth existed.

Portraits of Mahatma Gandhi, social reformer Periyar E V Ramasamy, B R Ambedkar, freedom fighter Muthuramalinga Thevar and IUML leader Quaid-e-Milleth Mohammed Ismail adorn the House on one side. Other parties including Left, DMDK and PMK also opposed the move to unveil Jayalalithaa's portrait while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was in support of the government's action.

Deputy CM Panneerselvam recalled his association with Jayalalithaa and said soon after her death, the party was like a boat struggling in choppy waters. "All her dreams would be fulfilled by us", he assured. "Still Speaker Dhanapal went against the values of the House and unveiled this portrait".

Meanwhile, senior advocate P Wilson who represents DMK MLA J Anbazhagan made an urgent submission before the first bench president over by chief justice Indira Banerjee seeking to remove Jayalalithaa's portrait. Later, the Karnataka High Court set aside the verdict, but on appeal the Supreme Court found all the accused guilty of the charges.

The petitioner contended that Jayalalithaa was convicted of graft charges by a special court.

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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.

Observing that Ms Jayalalithaa has grabbed the world's attention and has created historyin this historic Assembly, he said he felt as if she was personally blessing the occasion.

The Opposition DMK and Congress boycotted the event with the former moving to the Madras High Court for the removal of the portrait of a leader, who was involved in "corruption".

"She roared like a lioness during her tenure as chief-minister as well as the Leader of the Opposition and was well-versed with the art of how to use the forum of Assembly". Congress state leadership said they will look into the contrarian view of Vijayadharani.

Rebel AIADMK leader TTV Dhinakaran, who is Sasikala's nephew, too, stayed away.

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