Let’s take a look on a roller-coaster journey of actress-turned-politician J Jayalalithaa as a political giant

| Monday, May 11, 2015 - 12:41
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Let’s take a look on a roller-coaster journey of actress-turned-politician J Jayalalithaa as a political giant

CHENNAI: Former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, J Jayalalithaa has been given a clean chit on Monday in Disproportionate Assets Case. 67-year-old actress-turned-politician saw several twists and turns in her political career after bidding adieu to the tinsel town. 

Ever since her time in South Indian cinema and then to entering politics under the direction of MGR, the AIADMK Chief experienced several hurdles through the way. Jayalalithaa is currently a big player in the political scene. Her first test in politics began as her first term as a Tamil Nadu Chief Minister from 1991 to 1996.

As quoted by Political Analyst Sumanth C Raman in a media report, “In the first term there was that display of ostentation which we saw during the wedding and so on. All of that the public didn't take kindly to.”

The corruption cases continued to haunt the political career of Jayalalithaa, popularly known as Amma in her state. 

Let’s take a look on Jayalalithaa’s political career and the barriers:

• Amma managed to guide the AIADMK’s victory in 2001 but she had to quit as the Chief Minister in six months after conviction in a graft case. 
• She was released in 2002 and decided to return to the wheels. Another time in 2011, with a big margin, she bagged the victory in elections. 
• Several people who have observed Amma closely in past few years have said that she has calmed down and re-established herself as a contributor with populist schemes.
• Several schemes such as Amma canteen, Amma water and even Amma theatres made her well-liked among people in her state.
• The third term of Jayalalithaa was once again trimmed in September 2014 following her conviction in an 18-year-old Disproportionate Assets case.
• She after stepping down as CM, once again chose her close aide O Paneerselvam as regent to rule in her place.

While the political guru of AIADMK has been set free today, she could not have contest an election for the coming decade had the High Court upheld her conviction. Her supporters are seen celebrating a big win outside her residence.

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