Booty queen : Jayalalitha's arrest blows the lid off the systematic loot of public money during her tenure as chief minister and jeopardizes her political future. Part-1.
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Ref : Jayalalitha's arrest blows the lid off the systematic loot of public money during her tenure as chief minister and jeopardises her political future.
Amarnath K. Menon
December 31, 1996
In the vibrant politics of Tamil Nadu, she has always had a unique persona. She's been somewhat of an enigma too. Imperious by nature, impervious to flak and projected as the Puratchi Thalaivi (revolutionary leader), former chief minister J. Jayalalitha seemed above the law.
Till its long arm reached out to arrest her for abuse of authority and malfeasance last fortnight. From her palatial bungalow in Poes Garden to her rat and mosquito infested cell in the Madras Central Jail by the Cooum river, the fall from grace was as dizzying as it was dramatic. Nemesis did not creep up on Jayalalitha. It caught hold of her and dealt her a stunning blow.
When the state Cabinet met on December 5, Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi discussed at length with his colleagues the political fallout of sending the AIADMK supremo and once all-powerful Iron Lady of Tamil Nadu to jail. Halfway through the meeting, the decision had been made. "This is the right time. The people and the courts have begun to question why action against her is being delayed," a junior minister said.
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