Tuesday, 20 February, 2018

Amid Opposition boycott, Jaya's portrait unveiled in TN Assembly hall

Jayalalithaa portrait unveiled in Assembly opposition parties boycott ceremony Jayalalithaa portrait unveiled in TN Assembly: DMK, Congress boycott
Kenny Thornton | 12 February, 2018, 15:12

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. It will be an insult to the Speaker, who expunges remarks that were not allowed in the House if he unveils the portrait of a person convicted in a corruption case, Mr Stalin added. DMK MLA J Anbazhagan had also submitted a representation to Assembly Speaker's office on Sunday against the event, News18 reported.

DMK's ally Congress has, however, welcomed the government decision.

When Information Minister Kadambur Raju's reaction was sought, he alleged the Opposition parties were opposing the unveiling of the portrait due a "political conspiracy". 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 wonderful sustainability.

"The firms and companies were operating from the residence of Jayalalithaa and it can not be accepted that she was unaware of the same even though she feigned ignorance about the activities carried on by Sasikala", the court has said of the companies in whose names properties were bought.

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.

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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. 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".

When pointed out that the Supreme Court had said charges against stood abated, he argued that the judges had not exonerated her in the case either.

On Saturday, the State government said the late CM's portrait would be unveiled in the Assembly on Monday by Assembly Speaker P. Dhanapal.

The portrait's unveiling finally took place today, with Chief Minister E Palaniswami, his deputy O Panneerselvam and other AIADMK leaders folding their hands before the image as a past speech of Jayalalithaa in the assembly was played out.

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