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

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

However, the BJP in Tamil Nadu begged to differ with its state president Tamilisai Soundararajan saying that notwithstanding the verdict, there was nothing wrong in unveiling the portrait as Jayalalithaa, as the chief minister, had worked for the state's welfare.

The portrait 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.

Opposing the unveiling of the portrait, the DMK even boycotted the event.

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.

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Though mistakes might have been committed by leaders whose portraits are displayed in the House, they were not convicted in any case, he pointed out. 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. They can not do [unveil her portrait in the Assembly] it.

On Sunday, DMK working president MK Stalin said it (unveiling of Jayalalithaa's portrait inside the TN Assembly) would set a bad precedent as she was convicted in the case.

He alleged the government hurriedly organised the event on Monday morning, before the PIL filed by his party's MLA J Anbazhagan seeking to remove Jayalalithaa's portraits from government offices came up for hearing that day.

Referring to Jayalalithaa who was the first accused (A1) in the case, the court observed, "However, though in the process of scrutiny of the facts and the law involved and the inextricable nexus of A1 with A2 to A4, reference to her role as well as the evidence pertaining to her had been made, she having expired meanwhile, the appeals, so far as those relate to her, stand abated".

"But Jayalalithaa crossed so many hurdles successfully and she was a great leader accepted by people", she added. "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.

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