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Parties oppose unveiling Jayalalithaa's portrait, DMK to

Press Trust of India  |  Chennai 

The AIADMK's rivals today opposed the ruling party's decision to unveil J Jayalalithaa's portrait in the Assembly claiming that she was "convicted" in a disproportionate assets case, while the main opposition DMK decided to boycott the event tomorrow.

The government had yesterday announced that Jayalalithaa's portrait would be unveiled in the Assembly on February 12 by P Dhanapal.

DMK Working M K termed tomorrow as a 'black day' in the history of the Assembly and informed the reporters that his party would not take part in the programme.

Referring to the disproportionate assets case in which the had abated proceedings against following her death on December 5, 2016, he claimed the move went against Constitution and the apex court judgement.

claimed the of the House does not have the authority or moral right to unveil the portrait and said it was his duty to request Dhanapal not to do so.

Parties, including the CPI(M), joined the DMK in opposing the AIADMK's move.

CPI(M) G Ramakrishnan said, "It will be a wrong precedent to unveil the portrait of a person who was convicted in the disproportionate assets case. We urge the government to give up this step."

told reporters in that his party is totally opposed to the move and if needed they would move court.

However, the BJP in begged to differ with its state saying that notwithstanding the verdict, there was nothing wrong in unveiling the portrait as Jayalalithaa, as the chief minister, had worked for the state's welfare.

The Tamil Nadu government, meanwhile, defended its move to unveil Jayalalithaa's portrait, highlighting her 'landmark' initiatives, including specific steps for women's empowerment.

Hailing for her achievements, Cooperation Minister pointed out measures like the cradle baby scheme to protect girl children and starting the first all women police stations in

He said had implemented welfare measures for people that were dreamt of by leaders like Periyar (E V Ramasamy) and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister C N Annadurai.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 19:20 IST