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

Jayalalitha's portrait was unveiled in the Tamil Nadu Assembly which caused the DMK to move the Madras High Court to seek its removal

Jayalalitha's portrait was unveiled in the Tamil Nadu Assembly which caused the DMK to move the Madras High Court to seek its removal

As the breaking news goes, a portrait of former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa is all set to be unveiled in the hall of Tamil Nadu Assembly on 12 February 2018.

Announcing its decision to boycott the event marking the unveiling of a portrait of late Jayalalithaa on Monday, DMK working president M.K. Stalin on Sunday said as per the Supreme Court verdict Jayalalithaa was a convict in the disproportionate assets case.

Unfazed, the AIADMK had an array of speakers headed by chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami to remember Jayalalithaa's welfare schemes.

"It is a black move and I condemn it on behalf of the DMK". "Since Ms Jayalalithaa has died, she could not serve the jail term", he said and condemned the move to unveil her portrait in 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. Already, a petition filed by our party MLA J Anbazhagan against keeping the portrait of Jayalalithaa [in the Assembly] is pending before the Madras High Court.

Jayalalithaa's portrait inside TN Assembly.

Jayalalithaa's death in 2016, before the Supreme Court upheld the conviction, resulted in the charges against her being abated. "Without pursuing a life of her own, Amma [Jayalalithaa] had had many achievements adorn her political life", the chief minister spoke in the Assembly. CPI (M) state secretary G Ramakrishnan said, "It will be a wrong precedent to unveil the portrait of a person who was convicted in a disproportionate assets case".

The Chief Minister defended his government's decision and said Jayalalithaa's potrait would be a great honour as she has been inspirational to the people of Tamil Nadu.

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.

Unveiling her portrait would only undermine the value of democracy and governance, he contended and added that it would not send the correct message to all the future Members of Legislative Assembly.

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