Jayaram Jayalaithaa, AIADMK party supremo, in a rather filmy style returned to power after she was forced to quit as Chief Minister, when found guilty by a trial court in last September. The 67 year old Jayalaithaa begins her fifth term as Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister today, twelve days after her acquittal by the Karnataka High Court, in the 64 crore disproportionate assets case. She has been sworn in by Governor K Rosaiah along with 29 cabinet ministers at the Madras University Centenary Auditorium at 11 am. The event is attended by top political leaders and film stars from the city, including super star Rajnikanth.
On May 22, 2015 Jayalalithaa was elected as legislature party leader at a meeting of party MLAs in Chennai. Putting an end to her self imposed exile of 217 days after her conviction, Jayalaithaa made a public appearance yesterday when she was invited by Governeor Rosaiah to form the government following the resignation of chief minister O Panneerselvam. Jayalaithaa was given a warm welcome by her supporters and party workers.
Jayalalithaa has retained all ministers barring 3 from the former Chief Minister’s cabinet. Among the ministers who once gain found their way to cabinet include her trusted aide O Paneerselvam, Natham R Viswanathan, R Vaithilingam , Edappadi K Palaniswami and P Mohan. O. Paneerselvam is reinstated as Finance Minister for the state.
Jayalithaa’s return to power is expected to put the ‘dysfunctional’ government back in action. Several development projects and welfare schemes in the state have been stalled for no reason, since her conviction. The much awaited Global Investors Meet 2015 has been postponed twice. Speculation is still rife that Jayalaithaa will snap Assembly polls in order to cash in the voter mood and cadre morale. RK Nagar MLA’s resignation from his post strengthens the speculation that Jayalaithaa will contest polls from the vacant constituency.
Although Jayalalithaa’s rivals have urged the Karnataka government to appeal in the Supreme Court against her acquittal blaming the verdict was based on flawed math, the Siddharamaih government in Karnataka is yet to take a decision on the same.