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.
In this evolving scenario, the big question is, "Will you oppose Jayalalithaa's portrait in Tamil Nadu Assembly?"
However, the main Opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and the Congress did not attend the ceremony. However, Congress party whip Vijayadharni was present at the event.More news: BJP will form next government in Tripura: Amit Shah
DMK Working President M K Stalin termed tomorrow as a "black day" in the history of the Assembly and informed the reporters that his party would not take part in the programme.
DMK petitions Speaker: DMK legislator J. Anbazhagan who petitioned the Assembly secretariat against the move said Jayalalithaa's portrait in the Assembly hall would be a mockery of democracy, as she was a convict in a corruption case. In fact, Palaniswami wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi a year ago to invite him to grace the Monday's occasion. However, with no reply forthcoming, the CM chose to preside over the function himself on Monday.
In February 2017, just two months after her death, the Supreme Court indicted Jayalalithaa and others in the disproportionate assets case.
The Tamil Nadu government, meanwhile, defended its move to unveil Jayalalithaa's portrait, highlighting her "landmark" initiatives, including specific steps for women's empowerment.More news: Oregon State hits 18 three-pointers to beat Washington women 95-57
He said Jayalalithaa had implemented welfare measures for people that were dreamt of by leaders like Periyar (rationalist leader E V Ramasamy) and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister C N Annadurai.
In this unique context of apparent crime and ultimate conviction, any undue glorifying of a convicted person (case abated just because she had died) will only set a very bad precedent as the late chief minister was convicted in the case.
"The government should not denigrate the rich heritage and prestige of the assembly by placing a convict's portrait in the assembly", Stalin said.More news: Winter Olympics 2018: Snowboarder Jamie Anderson gives Team USA its second gold
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