DMK moves HC seeking removal of Jaya's portrait from Assembly

The late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa

The late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa

However, noting that the bench has to hear a plea moved by Congress leader P Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram challenging the lookout notice issued by the CBI, as per the direction of the Supreme Court, the bench said that it would take up the DMK's plea on Tuesday.

Barely an hour after a portrait of late AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa was today unveiled in the Tamil Nadu Assembly by Speaker P Dhanapal, the opposition DMK moved the Madras High Court seeking its removal on the grounds that she was found guilty on corruption charges. Palaniswami and Deputy chief-minister O. Panneerselvam are expected to grace the occasion. That's why opposition parties led by the DMK have announced that they would boycott the function on Monday. However, Congress party whip Vijayadharni was present at the event.

DMK's MK Stalin terming Monday as "black day" said, "This move has brought down the dignity and sanctity of the House".

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. "Since the case will be taken up for hearing, the government has organised the event in a hurried manner before 9.30am".

In this evolving scenario, the big question is, "Will you oppose Jayalalithaa's portrait in Tamil Nadu Assembly?"

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Lovingly referred as "Amma" by her supporters, Jayalalithaa passed away on December 5, 2016, after suffering from prolonged illness.

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".

The Former Union Health Minister and PMK youth wing leader Dr Anbumani Ramadoss said, "Unveiling of Jayalalithaa's portrait in the TN Assembly is unacceptable".

He had also said that she was regarded as a role model by the chief ministers of other states. "Hence, her portrait should not be unveiled in the Assembly".

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