25 October, 2020

Amma's Avalanche

Within a fortnight of her taking over, Jayalalitha goes on the rampage with a spate of cases against 'foes'

Illustrations by Jayachandran
Amma's Avalanche
Late in 1999, at the aiadmk general council meeting at Chennai's Vijaya Sesha Mahal, party general secretary J. Jayalalitha had thundered: "We will capture power in Tamil Nadu once again in the next election. And once that's done, we will pack up Karunanidhi and family and his ministers to jail. He will have to spend the rest of his life in jail."

Two years down the line, her predictions are coming true—fixing Karunanidhi and his family along with top dmk functionaries is her priority. As Tamil Nadu CM, now it is as if she's trying to fulfil the second half of the pledge. Within a fortnight of her taking charge, the crackdown on the dmk seems to have already begun. She made her intentions very clear last week in the state assembly: "We will file a case against Karunanidhi based on the Sarkaria Commission recommendations on the Veeranam scandal." She added that "the Commission had indicted Karunanidhi in the scandal".

She has indeed rattled the Opposition. Half a dozen partymen are always around M.K. Stalin, the dmk president's son and Chennai mayor since 1996. And...


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