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J Jayalalithaa’s Ghar Wapsi

If Salman Khan, J Jayalalithaa, Maya Kodnani, Ramalingam Raju can get bail, then why can’t to those who are accused in Coal scam and other scams? Everyone is returning home, and all of sudden the scams and scamsters are forgotten.

Anyway, it was big day for Amma, as thousands of AIADMK cadres congregated in Chennai to celebrate J Jayalalithaa’s comeback. She was all set to return as Tamil Nadu chief minister after she was unanimously elected as its legislature party leader, sparking joyous celebrations among supporters in the state where she has a cult-like following. The 67-year-old former movie star will be sworn in today, after Governor K Rosaiah invited her to form the government following her acquittal in a 19-year-old corruption case that saw her spending three weeks in jail before she got bail. As Jayalalithaa set to return to the state’s top political job after a break of nine months, hundreds of supporters gathered to celebrate outside her home while party members handed out sweets, with 20-feet posters hastily put up in anticipation of her return. She will walk inside the CM’s office laughing at the law.

J Jayalalithaa spent few nights in Bangalore Central jail after being convicted in 18-year-old disproportionate case by a special court. When the verdict came, Chennai was left bruised, battered and licking the wounds caused by nearly half a day of violence and picketing. It was the worst times for the metropolitan city and state capital. With rank speculation and rumours, fuelled in good measure by social media, spreading like wildfire, conflicting emotions played out during the early part of the day. First there was the ‘not guilty’ phase, when AIADMK party men distributed sweets, and burst crackers a month ahead of Deepavali, and the DMK party cadre sulked. Then, with rumours of conviction, the camp that was joyful hitherto sunk into gloom and the other party celebrated.

After the verdict, Jayalalithaa was disqualified as the member of the Tamil Nadu Assembly and she had resigned from her post as the chief minister of the state. Jayalalithaa was allotted the VVIP Cell number 23 in the Central Prison at Parappana Agrahara. She was prisoner number 7402, her cell was located next to the women’s barrack. The occupants were entitled to a bed, fan and separate bathroom facility. Jayalalithaa was provided with a white sari as a convict. Others convicted in the case Sasikala, Ilavarsi and Sudhakaran were given prisoner numbers 7403 and 7404 and 7405 respectively. While Sasikala and Ilavarasi were assigned a cell, where as Sudhakaran, who was convicted in the murder of a software engineer is lodged in a VIP cell next to former Karnataka Tourism Minister and mining baron G Janardhana Reddy. Jayalalithaa was the first occupant of the VVIP cell in the high security Central Prison.

Jayalalithaa has more consideration now than on earlier occasions. People believe that Karunanidhi is more corrupt than anyone else in India. Other political leaders are equally bad be it Vijayakanth, Ramadoss or Vaiko. And no one has the organisational control as she has. While everyone has accepted domination of Delhi, she is rightly fighting for ‘State’s Rights’. BJP in Tamil Nadu is following the footsteps of Congress in deciding the local leadership. They are lobbying at Delhi to get some party authority. Congress has no one in Tamil Nadu. DMK, though talk about self-respect, never ascertained barring a few occasions where they ascertained to get good cabinet berths. She was firm in establishing state’s rights on many issues. She actually may not be the loser but Tamil Nadu definitely is a loser at this juncture. Everyone is aware that most TN politicians are corrupt, but it has taken the system eighteen long years to catch a big fish.

DMK’s corruption history is legendary not just in Tamil Nadu but as a coalition partner to Congress led UPA at the Centre. It is therefore strange to see that the AIADMK is the first one caught in the legal whirlpool.

The Quality and quantum of Justice delivered in her case should be equally and liberally applied to all tainted politicians who are roaming freely and it should not be a case of vengeance. Nobody can doubt the seriousness with which she had set upon the cleaning of the administration, though with some political vendetta like actions, nobody can deny the results she has shown since coming to power.

Anyway, today she will resume her office back with glorious ceremony and huge gathering of people. Review petitions against her are still pending in Supreme Court. Constitutionally, there are absolutely no hassles whatsoever in maverick colossus J Jayalalithaa staging an early come back as chief minister of Tamil Nadu.

Dr Vaidehi Taman
Dr Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with Honourary Doctorate in Journalism, Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. for 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond The News (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which caters to her freelance jobs.

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