news Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 05:30
While the world celebrates Mother’s Day on Sunday, the term has special meaning for many in Tamil Nadu with AIADMK supporters and leaders praying for a friendly verdict for their ‘Amma’ – party chief J Jayalalithaa.   A day ahead of a verdict by a Bangalore court on the appeals by Jayalalithaa and three others accused in their conviction in a disproportionate assets case, Jayalalithaa’s loyalists have left no stone unturned in seeking divine blessings.    Only in March, Coimbatore Mayor, Rajkumar, along with other party leaders, performed a ‘Gaja Pooja  which included five elephants brought from Palakkad in Kerala; a pooja that went on for over two and a half hours, reported The Hindu.    "We are hoping for a positive result," said Avadi Kumar, the AIADMK spokesperson, told IANS.   The striking down of the trial court's order will give a big boost to Jayalalithaa and the government led by her AIADMK nearly a year ahead of the assembly elections.   If Monday's ruling goes in her favour, Jayalalithaa can become the chief minister again and within six months get elected to the assembly. There is also the possibility of the AIADMK government opting for a snap election to cash on the positive court verdict.     "What will happen if the court strikes down the trial court order cannot be predicted now," spokesman Kumar said.   If that happens, the problems for the party would aggravate.   Meanwhile AIADMK party leaders and cadres are performing special prayers in several temples in Tamil Nadu seeking divine intervention in their leader's favour.   Born in what was then known as Mysore on Feb 2, 1948, Jayalalithaa moved to Chennai with her mother, who started acting in movies.   Jayalalithaa studied at the Bishop Cotton Girl's High School in Bangalore and another Christian convent, Church Park, in Chennai. A bright student, she ventured into acting, making her debut at age 16 in a Kannada movie.     Her first Tamil movie was the memorable "Vennira Aadai". But it was the grand success of "Aayirathil Oruvan" pairing with the legendary M.G. Ramachandran (MGR) that turned Jayalalithaa into a leading light of Tamil movie world.   She has paired with almost all the leading Tamil heroes. She has acted in over 100 movies, mostly in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada.   With inputs from IANS    
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