February 19, 2018, 11:02 am IST
×
News Updates




States
Speaker unveils Jaya portrait amidst controversy

Speaker unveils Jaya portrait amidst controversy

S Murari, Feb 12, 2018

The Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker S Dhanapal today unveiled a portrait of former Chief Minister J Jayalalitha and AIADMK supremo in the Assembly as the DMK-led opposition boycotted the function holding that he undermined the dignity of the House by unveiling the portrait of a convicted criminal.

The portrait is the 11th to be installed in the Assembly. The portrait was unveiled by Speaker P Dhanapal in the presence of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam.

Palaniswamy defended the decision saying it would be a great honour for the Assembly as four-time Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu who was elected to the House six times was committed to the people's welfare. She said Jayalalitha was regarded as a role model by many.

Blasting the Government for hurriedly unveiling the portrait as the Madras High Court had taken up for consideration a petition filed by DMK, Leader of the Opposition M K Stalin said not only Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but also Governor and President refused to attend .

The Assembly already has portraits of leaders like Periyar EV Ramasamy, CN Annadurai, K Kamaraj, C Rajagopalachari and MGR among others.

None of them was tainted by corruption unlike Jayalalitha who was convicted in corruption cases by special courts way back in 2001.The conviction in the disproportionate assets case by the Supreme Court was a culmination of a 18-year legal battle by her to delay the verdict. She was held to be No 1 acccused and her aide Sasikala the second accused. Both were sentenced to four years imprisonment . While Jaya was fined Rs 100 crore, Sasikala and other co-convicts Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran were fined Rs10 crore.

 



More News











Pick of the Day

About us

In the surfeit of information that inundates us relentlessly, now (24 x 7 so to speak), it is difficult to separate the chaff from the grain. With so much chaff getting into the public domain, the real news happening on the ground becomes hard to make out. We are embarking on this portal in an effort to clarify things and provide focus on the real d ...

Read more

Newsletter

Enter email address to subscribe the newsletter

Copyright © 2017 PENNEWS. All Rights Reserved | Designed by : Tedsys