A portrait of seven feet by five feet of the former AIADMK chief and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha was unveiled in the Tamil Nadu state assembly by speaker P. Dhanabal. This move has now faced trouble from the opposition parties DMK, DML, DMDK, CPI, CPI(M) and Congress.
As a reaction, the DMK MLA J Anbazhagan filed a petition before the court seeking removal of the portrait. DMK’s working president confirmed and said, “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 is pending before the court.”
The AIADMK cited Amma’s good work for the people of the state as the reason for this. “Today is a great day for the people of Tamil Nadu. Amma has worked for us her entire life and this portrait in the assembly hall brought tears to our eyes. If the DMK talks ill about Amma, it only shows them in a bad light” AIADMK’s former MLA Rajalakshi said.
“The Madras High Court will hear the matter. The installation of the portrait is not illegal. It is the point of morality.” Said political analyst Sumanth C Raman.