28 November, 2020

Mother’s Day After-Math

Amma’s acquital raises many red flags

Mother’s Day After-Math

She’s Back

  • Conviction has made no dent in Amma’s mass appeal
  • Known to be friendly with Modi, Jaitley and Maneka Gandhi
  • 11 AIADMK MPs in RS crucial for passage of Land bill and GST
  • An AIADMK-BJP alliance appears a distinct possibility
  • DMK, Congress are in disarray, marginalised in the state
  • Acquittal likely to be challenged
  • Appeal, if filed, unlikely to be decided in a hurry
  • Elections, due in May ’16, can be advanced to this year to suit her


It was a Sunday in January 2015 when the BJP’s Arun Jaitley called on J. Jayalalitha at her Poes Garden place in Chennai. The “courtesy call” that lasted for 40 minutes came in for scathing criticism from political rivals. How could the Union finance minister call on a convicted ex-CM who was facing four years in prison and Rs 100...



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