Tamil Nadu Assembly unveils portrait of former CM Jayalalithaa's

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Jayalalithaa portrait unveiled in TN Assembly: DMK, Congress boycott

Jayaram Venkatesan, convenor of Arappor Iyakkam, an anti-corruption forum, told The Hindu that while there is "no legal bar against the unveiling of Jayalalithaa's portrait, it is not appropriate".

With the DMK, Congress and Indian Union Muslim League boycotting the function, members of the ruling AIADMK, the party founded by Jayalalithaa, occupied the Opposition benches.

However, noting that the bench has to hear a plea moved by Congress leader P Chidambaram's son Karti Chidambaram challenging the lookout notice issued by the CBI, as per the direction of the Supreme Court, the bench said that it would take up the DMK's plea on Tuesday. He said he took three months to complete the oil canvas portrait.

In view of her demise, appeals against Jayalalithaa were treated as abated, the petitioner said. "This reply was very much appreciated by the late leader", Panneerselvam recalled. He said the party's government will continue and budgets will be presented each year. The seat was represented by late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. It was indeed a sad opportunity for him to unveil her portrait. This was followed by welcome address by deputy speaker Pollachi Jayaraman, who was effusive in his praise for Jayalalithaa. "I dedicate this honour to all my colleagues and those who worked on this", he said. In spite of the fact that the assembly hall contains portraits of eminent personalities, this one stirred a controversy. "I have used select oils from overseas for this portrait, which is done in such a way that it should last at least a 100 years".

AIADMK MLAs and MPs from Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha were in full attendance.

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On the other side, portraits of former chief ministers Rajaji, K Kamaraj, C N Annadurai, M G Ramachandran and saint- poet Thiruvalluvar are featured.

DMDK chief Vijayakanth has also opposed the move along with Tamil Nadu Congress Committee (TNCC) chief S Thirunavukkarasar. "We urge the Tamil Nadu government to give up this step". "Still Speaker Dhanapal went against the values of the House and unveiled this portrait".

Calling it a "black move", Stalin claimed the portrait was unveiled in a hurry as a petition filed by a DMK party MLA against it was pending in court.

Unveiling a portrait of a person who had been convicted by the Supreme Court of India seems to be against the law.

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