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Jayalalithaa’s portrait unveiled in TN Assembly, DMK moves court for its removal

DMK and Congress boycotted the event, claiming former AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa was 'convicted' in a disproportionate assets case and, therefore, did not deserve such an honour.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: February 12, 2018 1:29 pm
Jayalalithaa portrait in TN assembly The portrait of former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa was unveiled in the state assembly by Speaker P Dhanapal on Monday. (Source: O Panneerselvam/Twitter)

The portrait of former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa was unveiled in the state assembly by Speaker P Dhanapal on Monday, even as opposition DMK and Congress boycotted the event, claiming the former AIADMK supremo was “convicted” in a disproportionate assets case and, therefore, did not deserve such an honour. DMK MLA J Anbazhagan on the day also petitioned the Madras High Court to intervene and have the portrait removed after his demand to the Speaker to cancel the event fell in deaf ears.

The portrait, which was unveiled in the presence of Chief Minister E Palaniswami and deputy CM O Panneerselvam, 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, including CN Annadurai and MG Ramachandran. The MLAs were seen folding their hands in front of Jaya’s portrait after the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Jayalalithaa portrait in TN assembly 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. (Source: O Panneerselvam/Twitter)

DMK working president MK Stalin termed Monday as a “black day” in the history of the Assembly, and tweeted, “This move has brought down the dignity and sanctity of the House. Despite opposition from DMK and other parties, Speaker has gone ahead and allowed this to happen. This is unacceptable.”

On Sunday, several opposition parties like the CPI(M) and PMK joined DMK in opposing the ruling party’s move. CPI(M) State Secretary G Ramakrishnan said, “It will be a wrong precedent to unveil the portrait of a person who was convicted in the disproportionate assets case. We urge the Tamil Nadu government to give up this step.” PMK MP Anbumani Ramadoss told PTI his party was totally opposed to the move and if needed they would move court.

However, the BJP begged to differ, saying that notwithstanding the conviction, there was nothing wrong in unveiling the portrait as Jayalalithaa had worked for the state’s welfare. Jayalalithaa died in December 2016 while she was still CM and was out on bail in a corruption case.

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      Feb 12, 2018 at 4:07 pm
      When convicted persons can not contest elections and debarred from their membership how such persons picture can adore the walls of assembly etc.The Chief Justice of India orally observed as per news reports that how a convicted man head or hold important position in any political . party
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      1. Sudalaimani Soundararaj
        Feb 12, 2018 at 3:01 pm
        Bramins dominated bureaucracy and judiciary. The DA verdict was announced after the death of Jayalalitha, why? Even if we go to court we will not get justice.
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          KM
          Feb 12, 2018 at 2:51 pm
          Shame and black day on Democracy and Cons ution. How can a criminal (Judgement by Court of Law) photo can be put at State Assembly. Why the Ruling Central Govt and Judges keeping quite. It is a bad precedence
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          1. Jaganathan Vijayakumar
            Feb 12, 2018 at 2:39 pm
            PMK was only party which insisted for removing Jayalalitha photo from all offices of Tamilnadu and suggested to go to court for removal of her photo. DMK just coping whatever PMK does for the benefit of Tamilnadu. Paid media support corrupt DMK and ADMK.
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