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Jayalalithaa portrait unveiled in Tamil Nadu Assembly, DMK moves High Court

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Faye Gross | 15 February, 2018, 07:36

Stalin claimed the Speaker of the House does not have the authority or moral right to unveil the portrait and said it was his duty to request Dhanapal not to do so.

Jayalalithaa's portrait, which is seven foot tall, shows her in her trademark green sari.

When asked about the unveiling the portrait of late AIADMK leader and former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the Assembly, Mr. Stalin said his party has been opposing it.

However, the main Opposition DMK and its ally the Congress boycotted the unveiling ceremony.

It was unveiled by Speaker P Dhanapal in the presence of Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam in a low-key event, which was boycotted by Opposition parties including DMK, Congress and IUML.

The petition also noted that DMK had already moved a plea in the High Court seeking to remove the name and photos of Jayalalithaa from government offices, buildings, public sector undertakings and government schemes - a case that is still pending. "As the case will be taken up for hearing, the government has organised the event in a hurried manner before 9.30 am", he said.

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in May a year ago to be the chief guest for the unveiling.

Jayalalithaa who passed away in December 2016 was posthumously convicted in the Disproportionate Assets case against her, along with close aide Sasikala in February 2017. The charges were confirmed by the Supreme Court after finding all the accused including her guilty of corruption charges. The plea urged the court to grant interim direction directing the authorities to forthwith remove the portrait of Jayalalithaa from the precincts of the assembly, pending disposal of the above plea.

The appeals against Jayalalithaa were treated abated on the ground of her demise.

"This assurance and this idea have been expressed to the party high command when our chief minister and the deputy chief minister and we were seated", Sengottaiyan said.

"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".

DMDK chief Vijayakanth has also opposed the move along with Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) chief S Thirunavukkarasar.

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