Chennai, May 22: AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa stepped out of her residence on Friday and met Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah ahead of her return as the chief minister of the state for the fifth time on Saturday, May 23. [Jayalalithaa acquitted in disproportionate assets case]
Four-time chief minister Jayalalithaa, who was acquitted by the Karnataka High Court on May 11, nearly eight months after she was convicted by a special court in Bengaluru in a 18-year-old disproportionate assets case, took to the streets amid celebrations by her supporters on the roads of Chennai. [Petition challenging Jaya's swearing-in as CM rejected]
Earlier in the day, the 67-year-old leader was unanimously elected as the AIADMK Legislature Party leader. Jayalalithaa's trusted lieutenant O Panneerselvam, who served as the CM in the supremo's absence, resigned soon after and she was invited to form the government. [Jayalalithaa elected AIADMK Legislative Party leader]
Huge excitement prevailed on the streets of Chennai after Jayalalithaa's convoy left her Poes Garden residence for the Raj Bhavan. This was the leader's first public appearance since September 2014.