Tamilisai, Vijayadharani welcome inauguration of Jaya's portrait in Assembly

Tamilisai, Vijayadharani welcome inauguration of Jaya's portrait in Assembly

Tamilisai, Vijayadharani welcome inauguration of Jaya's portrait in Assembly

With the DMK, Congress and Indian Union Muslim League boycotting the function, members of the ruling AIADMK, the party founded by Jayalalithaa, occupied the Opposition benches.

The affair of unveiling a portrait of former Tamil Nadu chief Minister J Jayalalithaa inside the state Assembly split the political spectrum along lines of propriety, with the ruling AIADMK faction hailing the leader as a "powerful figure in politics", and arch-rival DMK condemning it for celebrating someone convicted of amassing wealth beyond known sources of income. State president of the BJP Tamilisai Soundararajan said there was little reason to hark on the taint of corruption that dogged Jayalalithaa for decades, and that one should view her contributions to the state and as a reigning power in politics.

Jayalalithaa's portrait inside TN Assembly. As far as I am concerned, there is nothing wrong in this and I have no objection. 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 awesome sustainability. "Also, it is not wrong to construct a memorial for her", Congress MLA S. Vijayadharani said.

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.

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DMK working president MK Stalin said the move went against the Constitution and the apex court judgment in the disproportionate assets case in which the court abated proceedings against her following her death on December 5, 2016.

"The government should not denigrate the rich heritage and prestige of the assembly by placing a convict's portrait in the assembly", Stalin said.

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.

Amid expectations that Prime Minister Modi would inaugurate/unveil Jayalalithaa's portrait, it was announced on Friday by the Govt. of Tamil Nadu that a portrait of the deceased chief-minister J. Jayalalithaa would be inaugurated by Speaker Dhanapal within the Legislative Assembly's premises.

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