Chennai | There was not much celebration this year by the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in Tamil Nadu even as the party-led government is entering the fourth year in office tomorrow.It was the same day in 2011 when AIADMK Chief J Jayalalithaa was sworn-in as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for a third time along with 33 Ministers after storming to power by defeating all her political opponents.
The AIADMK supremo had guided the alliance led by her party to a spectacular victory in the elections by winning 200 of the total 234 seats. During her tenure as Chief Minister of the State, her government has won several inter-state legal tangle including the Mullaperiyar Dam water storage level case against Kerala in the Supreme Court.
Ms Jayalithaa was also able to make the Centre issue gazette notification for the final award of the Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal sending jitters in the opposition party ranks. On the administration aspect, the AIADMK leader launched several welfare scheme under the banner Amma.Amma canteens, Amma mineral water and Amma cement are some of the prominent welfare schemes among the people in Tamil Nadu.
The welfare schemes and several people oriented projects paid AIADMK dividends with Ms Jayalalithaa’s party winning 37 out of the 39 Lok Sabha seats in the state in 2014.All was going well for Ms Jayalalithaa till September 27, 2014 when a trial court in Karnataka convicted her to four years jail term and a fine of Rs.100 crore in the Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets case.
Till last year, AIADMK cadre and even senior ministers used to erect banners and posters across Tamil Nadu hailing their party chief, who took over as the Chief Minister on May 16, 2011. Even State secretariat and assembly hall used to be decorated with flowers to mark the occasion on anniversary of the government.Though Jayalalithaa was acquitted from the asset case, this year it is likely the celebration is likely to be low key affair since AIADMK supremo is yet to return as Chief Minister of the State.
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