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Puratchi Thalaivi returns to her throne

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The News Bureau

AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa was sworn-in as chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the fifth time on May 23 in Chennai. Jayalalithaa returns to power after the Karnataka High Court acquitted her of corruption charges on May 11.

Jayalalithaa, 67, along with 28 ministers of her cabinet, were administered the oath of office by Governor K Rosaiah at the Madras University Centenary Building.

Jayalalithaa acquittal was followed by joyous celebratio

s by her supporters and on the day of swearing-in they lined the streets to get a glimpse of Puratchi Thalaivi, dressed in a green sari, as her cavalcade moved to Madras University.

More than 3,500 special invitees attended the ceremony, including superstar Rajnikanth as well as BJP leaders Pon Radhakrishnan and L Ganesan.

Earlier on Friday, the AIADMK supremo met the state?s Governor K Rosaiah who invited her to form the government in Tamil Nadu.

About a lakh-and-a-half of her deliriously happy workers mobilised from all over Tamil Nadu swarmed Chennai?s barricaded streets for a look at their icon, chanting her praises.

Earlier in the day, the MLAs of AIADMK had met at the party headquarters for a brief five-minute meeting where stand-in Chief Minister O Paneerselvam read out a prepared statement electing Jayalalithaa as the party’s legislature leader.

Soon after he made the announcement, Paneerselvam put the paper down to join his colleagues in

n celebrations. It went on all over Chennai throughout the day.

The show of strength by the AIADMK has also put to rest other speculations about the ruling party getting weaker without Jayalalithaa at the helm in the Cabinet and operating only by remote control.

Her cadres took over almost all the streets of Chennai, distributing sweets, bursting crackers and breaking into impromptu dances.

  • Jayalalithaa acquitted in disproportionate assets case Jayalalithaa was acquitted by the Karnataka High Court on May 11 in the disproportionate assets case that came as a huge relief to the AIADMK chief.
  • Pronouncing the verdict in a jam-packed court, Justice C R Kumaraswamy also acquitted AIADMK’s chief close aide Sasikala Natarajan and her relatives J Elavarasi and V N Sudhakaran, disowned foster son of Jayalalithaa.
  • As the court proceedings got underway sharp at 11 AM, the judge straightway read out the operative part of the verdict on the appeals filed by Jayalalithaa and three others challenging their conviction by the trial court.
  • The Karnataka High Court judgement came on an appeal against the judgement of the Special Court Judge John Michael D’Cunha who had on September 27 last year held the AIADMK supremo and three others guilty of corruption and awarded four years jail term, due to which she attracted disqualification as an MLA.
  • Victory celebrations broke out immediately outside her Poes Garden residence in Chennai where party workers celebrated with bursting of crackers and dancing while flashing victory sign. The judgement comes as a major boost to Jayalalithaa and the AIADMK exactly one year ahead of Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.

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