Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Remove Jayalalithaa's photos from govt office: PMK

CHENNAI: Pattali Makkal Katchi (PMK) leader S Ramadoss on Tuesday said AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa's portraits continued to be displayed at government offices even 10 days after she had been disqualified as Tamil Nadu chief minister following a Bangalore special court's judgment against her in a disproportionate assets case.

In a statement, Ramadoss said, "It has been more than 10 days since she was disqualified as chief minister but government offices still have her photos. We can see only the chief minister's photos at government offices in Tamil Nadu. The portraits of national leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Kamaraj, Ambedkar and others are not displayed at the government offices in the state."

Jayalalithaa's photos should have been removed immediately after she was found guilty in the case, he said.

"When the party in power loses the polls, government offices immediately change the photos of the chief minister. But now officials are saying they could not remove Jayalalithaa's photos due to holidays," he said.

The government should direct the officials to remove Jayalalithaa's photos immediately, he said.

"It is also not proper on the part of a chief minister while taking oath in front of a Governor to salute the photo of a person who has been convicted and sentenced," said Ramadoss, referring to O Panneerselvam placing a photo of Jayalalithaa on the lectern during the swearing-in ceremony at the Raj Bhavan here on September 29.

The PMK chief also demanded the government take action to stop protests against the special court's judgment.

READ ALSO: Jayalalithaa in jail: AIADMK men undertake a 350km 'spiritual journey' to protest

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