13 June, 2021

Poes Garden To Prison 

With Jayalalitha finally behind bars in the Rs 8 crore colour TV purchase scam, her worries can only multiply

Poes Garden To Prison 

A year ago, an AIADMK minus Jayalalitha Jayaram seemed an impossibility. With the arrest of the former chief minister on December 7 in connection with the dubious purchase of 45,302 colour TV sets, the party will now have to learn to live without its leader. The TV purchase itself caused a loss of Rs 8.3 crore to the state exchequer. And with the CBI, CID and the Department of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption filing six other cases against her, lawyers see no immediate end to the legal wrangles that lie ahead of her. Meanwhile, her political equity, which was already on a downslide, has hit rock-bottom.

The only thing that could have perhaps slowed down the pace of the investigations was public outrage. But when she was finally arrested from her Poes Garden residence at 9.45 am on the fateful day, no riots broke out in Chennai. Neither were there any mass demonstrations. In fact, there are rebel factions within her own party which are secretly welcoming her arrest. They are of the view that with Jayalalitha out of the picture, the AIADMK could regroup and...

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