Jayalalithaa portrait unveiled in Tamil Nadu Assembly, DMK moves High Court

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"Still Speaker Dhanapal went against the values of the House and unveiled this portrait".

According to the petitioner, Jayalalithaa was found guilty of corruption.

A portrait of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has been unveiled at the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly in Chennai.

Soon after Dhanapal unveiled the portrait of Jayalalithaa, an unbelievable work of art by former Tamil Nadu College of Fine Arts principal Mathiyazhagan, a speech delivered by the former chief-minister was broadcast and was met with thunderous applause.

However, the main Opposition DMK and its ally the Congress boycotted the unveiling ceremony. AIADMK presidium chairman E Madhusudanan, who occupied the chair of deputy leader of opposition Durai Murugan, and party veterans P H Pandian, C Ponnaiyan and K P Munusamy (in dark glasses due to conjunctivitis) were present.

Calling it a "black move", Stalin claimed the portrait was unveiled in a hurry as a petition filed by a DMK party MLA against it was pending in court. "Being a national leader admired by many senior politicians in the country, this event should have been organised in the presence of all of them, inviting all national leaders to Chennai", he said.

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"Had former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa been alive now, she would have been with Sasikala in Bengaluru prison as A1 in the case", Mr. Stalin said. Palaniswami had earlier written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking him to be the chief guest, but made a decision to preside over the event as there was no reply from the Prime Minister's Office.

The Supreme Court, however, abated the case against Jayalalithaa on account of her death. The plea urged the court to grant interim direction directing the authorities to forthwith remove the portrait of Jayalalithaa from the precincts of the assembly, pending disposal of the above plea.

"This assurance and this idea have been expressed to the party high command when our chief minister and the deputy chief minister and we were seated", Sengottaiyan said.

While the TNCC too has boycotted the event, party whip Vijayadharani attended the event in her personal capacity.

"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".

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