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Jayalalithaa's portrait to be unveiled in Assembly on Feb 12

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

Former late J Jayalalithaa's portrait will be unveiled in the State Assembly on February 12 by P Dhanapal.

K Palaniswami will preside over the function in the presence of Deputy O Panneerselvam, Secretary, Legislative Assembly, K Boopathy said in an official release here.

Palaniswami had in May last year called on and submitted a letter, urging him to unveil the late leader's portrait in the Assembly.

The Chief Minister had said the late leader made significant contributions for the State, its growth and for Tamil language and culture.

He had said that Amma had dedicated her life for Tamils and left an indelible mark on the Indian political landscape.

The main opposition DMK last year sought the removal of portraits of from government offices, saying she was convicted in the disproportionate assets case.

Palaniswami had, however, defended his governments decision to unveil the portrait, saying it would be a great honour for the Assembly.

Stating that there was nothing wrong in paying respect to Jayalalithaa, who was fully committed to people's welfare, he had said that 'Amma' was elected Chief Minister six times and regarded as a role model by Chief Ministers from other States.

Public Interest Litigation petitions were also filed in the against portraits of in government offices.

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 18:25 IST