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. The DMK even boycotted the entire event stating that the former chief minister had been convicted in a disproportionate assets case after her death and therefore she is not eligible for such honour.
Earlier in the day, in the presence of Chief Minister E Palaniswami, Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and other MLAs, the Tamil Nadu Assembly Speaker P. Dhanapal unveiled the portrait of Jayalalithaa.
DMK working president M.K. Stalin said it would set a bad precedent as she was convicted in the case. Mr. Stalin told journalists that unveiling a portrait of a person who had been convicted by the Supreme Court was against law.
“It is a black move and I condemn it on behalf of the DMK. Already, a petition filed by our party MLA J. Anbazhagan against keeping the portrait of Jayalalithaa [in the Assembly] is pending before the court. Since the case will be taken up for hearing, the government has organised the event in a hurried manner before 9.30 a.m.,” he alleged.
DMK MLA J. Anbazhagan submitted a representation to the office of the Speaker and Assembly Secretary on Sunday opposing the move.
Lovingly referred as 'Amma' by her supporters, Jayalalithaa passed away on December 5, 2016, after suffering from prolonged illness.
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