news Friday, May 22, 2015 - 05:30
Soon after an acquittal by the Karnataka High Court for AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa in May, Chennai has begun taking on a new, festive look all ready for Amma’s return as its Chief Minister.    All over Chennai, roads have been relayed and have taken on a decorative look with pictures of Jayalalithaa adorning them. Most AIADMK cadres out on the roads described it as their Diwali or Pongal, a day to rejoice as their leader was set to officially return as Chief Minister of the state. The MGR, Anna and Periyar statues in the city have also taken on a decorative look , as Jayalalithaa is expected to visit and pay tribute on Friday.    On Thursday night, large numbers of police cadre gathered across the city including the Raj Bhawan where she is expected to make a visit.   Seven months after her return to Chennai on October 18, 2014 after spending 21 days in jail in a Bangalore central jail, Jayalalithaa will be making her first appearance on Friday when she leaves Poes Garden to meet the governor at Raj Bhawan. Almost 10 lakh party members from across disctricts have converged in the city to get a glimpse of their "Amma" as she visits the Governor and thenoffer floral tributes at the party founder late M.G. Ramachandran's (MGR) statue, the DMK founder late C.N. Annadurai's and Dravidar Kazhagam founder late E.V. Ramaswamy's statue.     Soon after her return, with her appeal pending before the Karnataka High Court, there has been no sign of Jayalalithaa in the public view. The only time her pictures were out in the open in the last seven months was when she met Union Finance Minster, Arun Jaitley at her Poes Garden residence and also one of her with Srirangam constituency candidate, Valarmathi.   After her acquittal by the Karanataka High Court on May 11, large numbers of jubilant party cadres and supporters waited near her residence expecting her to make her first public appearance but were left disappointed. The leader remained in the confines of her house, taking all her time to make her first move.