Why Jaya's photos will have to be removed from TN govt offices, assembly
The photographs of Jayalalithaa will no longer don the secretariat and the government offices in Tamil Nadu. The rules state that a photograph of a person convicted cannot be kept in government buildings. The Supreme Court in its Tuesday order had not absolved Jayalalithaa of any of the corruption charges in the disproportionate assets case, rather, it only abated the sentence against her.
The court made some very harsh remarks as to how a criminal conspiracy was hatched in Poes Garden by Jayalalithaa, Sasikala, Ilavarasi and Sudhakaran. Poes Garden is where the official residence of Jayalalithaa is. The court agreed with the trial court's verdict which had said that the conspiracy was hatched to launder the ill-gotten wealth of Jayalalithaa.
With this order, the rules mandate that Jayalalithaa's photos are taken off from the government buildings and the assembly as well. Further with this conviction, a memorial for Jayalalithaa cannot be built with state funds. Sasikala had said that a memorial would be built with state funds, but now it will the AIADMK which will have to fund this memorial.
Amma's portrait was a common sight in the assembly. O Paneerselvam the stand in CM for Jayalalithaa would conduct proceedings with her photograph in front of him. He would never take the seat that Amma sat on. Instead there would a photograph of Amma in front of her chair. OPS had not even occupied the CM's room in the secretariat. He continued to run the government from the office of the Finance Minister, the portfolio that he held.