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Jayalalithaa portrait unveiled in TN Assembly: DMK, Congress boycott

Jayalalithaa portrait unveiled in TN Assembly: DMK, Congress boycott

Tamil Nadu's School Education Minister K A Sengottaiyan courted controversy after he said on Sunday that job opportunities would be provided to only those who are recommended by the ruling AIADMK workers.

Soon after Dhanapal unveiled the portrait of Jayalalithaa, an incredible 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.

Jayalalithaa didn't allow Sasikala to stay at her Poes Garden residence out of humanitarian concern but to amass assets and launder her ill-gotten wealth, the court said.

Members of the main opposition DMK and its allies, the Congress and the IUML, boycotted the event.

"It could never have been the intention of the then speakers to hang portraits of convicts, culprits or persons convicted of offences involving moral turpitude like corruption", the petitioner said.

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He also recalled the historic feat of Jayalalithaa when she singlehandedly guided theAIADMK to win 37 of the 39 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and made the party thethird largest in the Lok Sabha. Facing the opposition benches, it is the 11th portrait to adorn the House. We condemn this. She was a convict. However, Congress party whip Vijayadharni was present at the event. Other parties including Left, DMDK and PMK also opposed the move to unveil Jayalalithaa's portrait while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was in support of the government's action.

"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". Tamil Nadu Congress Committee chief S Thirunavukkarasar said the matter would be brought to the notice of the party high command. "The EPS government has to step down", DMK spokesperson A Saravanan said.

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

Chennai: Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on Monday filed a petition in the Madras High Court against the unveiling of the former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa's portrait at the state Assembly.


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