Tiruchirappalli (Srirangam): J Jayalalitha vs independent candidate

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Chennai, April 19: The point of contention in this constituency is the same-the tussle between Srirangam Residents' Welfare Association and Srirangam Sri Ranganthaswamy Temple. Both the parties have been fighting a dispute of properties. Chief Minister Jayalalitha had promised the residents that the problem will be sorted out, but is yet to address it. Hence, the society has fielded an independent candidate from the society against her.

About Jayalalitha

Presently the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, she has also been the chief minister from 1991 to 1996, briefly in 2001, and then from 2002 to 2006.

She was elected to the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly in 1989 as the representative of the Bodinayakkanur (State Assembly Constituency). This election saw the Jayalalithaa-led faction of the AIADMK win 27 seats and Jayalalithaa became the first woman to be elected Leader of the Opposition.

Currently, there is an income tax case registered against her and going against and the trial is taking place at the Madras High Court.

About the Independent Candidate

The main idea of fielding this candidate in Srirangam has been stated by the president of the Srirangam Residents' Welfare Association S N Mohan Ram. This is to highlight the problems that the residents of the Association are facing due to the property dispute.

This matter became a campaign theme for Jayalalitha back in 2011 when she promised that steps would be taken to sort the problem, but has now been forgotten.

Analysis: Jayalalitha may win this one as the independent is a debutant.

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