Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Jayalalithaa's portrait unveiled in Tamil Nadu Assembly, opposition boycotts event

Jayalalithaa's portrait inside TN Assembly Jayalalithaa's portrait inside TN Assembly
Ellis Copeland | 15 February, 2018, 07:38

Tamil Nadu's School Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan courted controversy after he said on Sunday that job opportunities would be provided to only those who are recommended by the ruling AIADMK workers.

The plea alleged that the Speaker has "arbitrarily" taken a decision on February 10 to unveil a portrait of Jayalalithaa in the assembly hall on Monday in the presence of the chief minister and the deputy chief minister. The case against Jayalalithaa was, however, abated because she died but fines were levied on her properties.

"Peace, prosperity, growth", a catch-phrase often used by Jayalalithaa to sum up her guiding mantra for the state, was embossed below the portrait.

Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha M Thambidurai and former Assembly Speaker P H Pandian were among those present.Leader of Opposition M K Stalin and MLAs belonging to the DMK, Congress and IUML boycotted the function.

He also referred to the achievements during her political career like winning many Assembly and Lok Sabha elections, notification of final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal in the Union Gazette, raising the storage level of Mullaiperiyar dam to 142 ft and making the AIADMK the third largest party in Parliament.

Mr Palaniswami also said steps were on to erect a grand memorial for her. However, Congress party whip Vijayadharni was present at the event.

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Opposition parties, including the Congress, PMK, DMDK and CPM questioned the move, calling Jayalalithaa a convict.

"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".

DMK's MK Stalin terming Monday as "black day" said, "This move has brought down the dignity and sanctity of the House. Still Speaker Dhanapal went against the values of the House and unveiled this portrait". "We will bring it to the notice of party president Rahul Gandhi and incharge of Tamil Nadu affairs Mukul Vasnik what Vijayadharani spoke on the issue", he said.

Unveiling a portrait of a person who had been convicted by the Supreme Court of India seems to be against the law.

Chennai: A portrait of former chief minister, late J Jayalalithaa was today unveiled in the Tamil Nadu Assembly by speaker P Dhanapal amid chants hailing her as revolutionary leader "Amma".

When DMK's petition came up for hearing, first bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice Abdul Quddhose said the plea would be taken up on Tuesday.

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