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About Jayalalithaa

Name Jayalalithaa
Designation Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Political Party All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam
Posts held
  1. First propaganda secretary of AIADMK
  2. MP of AIADMK
Date of Birth and Age 24 February 1948 (Age 65)
Jayalalithaa AIADMK


Jayalalithaa Jayaram is the serving Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. She is the General Secretary of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). She has been the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu thrice earlier, once for a brief period of time.

Prior to entering politics, Jayalalithaa was a popular film star in south Indian cinema. She acted as a heroine in over 140 films in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi language films.

Jayalalithaa is credited to have initiated a number of reforms in Tamil Nadu. In 1992, her government introduced the "Cradle Baby Scheme" to check the practice of female infanticide and the abortion of female foetuses.

Her government was the first to introduce police stations operated solely by women. She introduced 30 per cent quota for women in all police jobs and established as many as 57 all-women police stations. There are other all-women establishments like libraries, stores, banks and co-operatives under her regime.

Jayalalitha is also credited to set up India's first company of female police commandos in Tamil Nadu. Like their male counterparts, the female commandos are also being trained in handling of weapons, detection and disposal of bombs, driving, horse riding, adventure sports etc.

Jayalaitha is reported to have courted several controversies. In 1989, Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly witnessed unprecedented violence inside the house. Mikes were broken and shoes were thrown at Jayalalitha. A DMK minister was seen pulling her saree. This event got wide media coverage.

Then the wedding of Jayalalitha's foster son Sudhakaran on 7 September 1995 at Chennai was another event that caught media's fancy. It was reportedly organized by the then Chief Minister Jayalalitha herself. A sum of 6 Crore was reportedly spent on the wedding. The event holds two Guinness World Records: one for the most number of guests and the other for being the largest wedding banquet.

In the 2001 assembly elections, Jayalalithaa was barred from contesting because she was found guilty of criminal offences. Her disproportionate assets case is still pending in special court set up for this purpose.

Jayalalitha was embroiled in another controversy when she he expelled her close aide Sasikala Natarajan in 2011. She reportedly unearthed a conspiracy to kill her by through food poisoning by her long term aide. The matter was later sorted out when Natrajan tendered a written apology and was reinstated in the party.

Prior to the announcement of the Lok Sabha elections, Jayalalitha has launched Amma Canteens to sell food at affordable prices across the state. The restaurants implementing the arrangements are intensifying.

After low-cost canteens, Jayalalithaa launched a scheme to provide quality and affordable drinking water to the poor and middle class.

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has also launched fair price vegetable shops to sell farm-fresh vegetables at substantially lower rates in Chennai and its suburbs.

Another new initiative called Amma medical shops where medicines will be available in subsidized rates was announced in Tamil Nadu budget 2014-15.

Jayalalitha's political views are different from its rival the DMK. She has distanced from the anti-Hindi and anti-Brahman stand of the DMK. She depoliticised education policy and is not insisting on the Tamil medium. She is competing with the DMK to woo poor voters and is ambivalent towards the reservation policy and interest of the farmers.


News about Tamilnadu CM J.Jayalalitha

Court refuses to remand 2 Kodanad Estate robbery accused

Posted On : Jan 15,2019,    10:22 am
Chennai, Jan 15 (IANS) In a setback for the Tamil Nadu government, a court refused to remand two accused persons who had alleged that Chief Minister K.Palaniswami was also involved in a robbery case at the Kodanad Tea Estate. View More..

DMK urges Governor to remove Palaniswami over Kodanad Estate case

Posted On : Jan 14,2019,    8:00 pm
Chennai, Jan 14 (IANS) DMK President M.K. Stalin on Monday urged Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit to take action against Chief Minister K. Palaniswami and set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate allegations made in a video released by journalist Samuel Mathews. View More..

Two men who alleged TN CM's hand in theft held in Delhi

Posted On : Jan 13,2019,    10:50 pm
New Delhi, Jan 13 (IANS) The Tamil Nadu Police on Sunday arrested from the national capital two persons, who were allegedly involved in a robbery in late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa's Kodanadu estate in the Nilgiris and had accused the incumbent CM Edappadi Palaniswamy of having links with the break at the estate in April 2017. View More..

Allegations in video completely false: Palaniswami

Posted On : Jan 12,2019,    4:08 pm
Chennai, Jan 12 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Saturday said the allegations made against him in a video released by a former journalist were totally false and suspected to have been politically backed and motivated. View More..

AIADMK walks out of Rajya Sabha over quota bill

Posted On : Jan 09,2019,    6:36 pm
New Delhi, Jan 9 (IANS) The AIADMK on Wednesday staged a walkout of the Rajya Sabha opposing the Bill to provide 10 per cent reservation to the economically weaker sections among the general category. View More..

EC cancels Thiruvarur by-election

Posted On : Jan 07,2019,    6:02 pm
Chennai, Jan 7 (IANS) The Election Commission (EC) has cancelled the Thiruvarur Assembly by-election in Tamil Nadu, citing the ongoing relief work after the Gaja cyclone that devastated major parts of Thiruvarur district, giving a huge relief to major political parties who were seen as reluctant to contest the election ahead of general elections. View More..

Warrior queen, ace shuttler: Biopics to focus on women achievers in 2019

Posted On : Jan 02,2019,    12:02 pm
New Delhi, Jan 2 (IANS) In the recent past, inspirational stories of sport stars like Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Milkha Singh, and freedom fighters such as Subhas Chandra Bose and Bhagat Singh, have been told on the big screen. Soon, cinema halls will be taken over by biopics on women achievers, starting with Kangana Ranaut's "Manikarnika - The Queen of Jhansi" based on the warrior queen. View More..

When Tamil personalities, past and present, come alive (Book Review)

Posted On : Jan 02,2019,    11:12 am
Title: Tamil Characters: Personalities, Politics, Culture; Author: A.R. Venkatachalapathy; Publisher: Pan Macmillan; Pages: 321; Price: Rs 399 View More..

By-election in Tiruvarur, Jind on Jan 28

Posted On : Dec 31,2018,    6:14 pm
New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) By-election to the Tiruvarur Assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu will be held on January 28, the Election Commission said on Monday, but was silent on the 18 seats rendered vacant by the disqualification of MLAs owing allegiance to expelled AIADMK leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran. View More..

AIADMK in a dilemma over alliance with BJP

Posted On : Dec 30,2018,    10:18 am
New Delhi, Dec 30 (IANS) The ruling AIADMK is said to be on the horns of a big dilemma on BJP's push for an alliance with the party in Tamil Nadu in the coming Lok Sabha elections which promises to be an interesting battle with the DMK-led Opposition front, including the Congress and other parties. View More..

Triple Talaq bill to be taken up in RS on Monday

Posted On : Dec 29,2018,    5:30 pm
New Delhi, Dec 29 (IANS) Keen on enacting the legislation, the government has got the bill on criminalising triple talaq listed in the Rajya Sabha for consideration on Monday, giving it the top priority notwithstanding the fact that it may find it difficult to get the bill through. View More..

Dhinakaran loyalist Senthil Balaji joins DMK

Posted On : Dec 14,2018,    5:14 pm
Chennai, Dec 14 (IANS) Former Tamil Nadu transport minister and a senior member of the T.T.V.Dhinakaran-led Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) V. Senthil Balaji joined the DMK on Friday, the DMK said in a statement. View More..

Madras HC quashes order for probe into construction of new secretariat

Posted On : Dec 13,2018,    8:40 pm
Chennai, Dec 13 (IANS) The Madras High Court on Thursday quashed the Tamil Nadu government's order for a Directorate of Vigilance Anti-Corruption (DVAC) probe against DMK leaders for alleged irregularties in the construction of the new assembly-cum-secretariat building here. View More..

AIADMK's silent procession on Jayalalithaa death anniversary

Posted On : Dec 05,2018,    3:30 pm
Chennai, Dec 5 (IANS) A silent procession, floral tributes and a pledge to win the ensuing general elections by the ruling AIADMK leaders marked the second death anniversary of then Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa here. View More..

Delhi court files charges against Dhinakaran

Posted On : Dec 04,2018,    8:56 pm
New Delhi, Dec 4 (IANS) A Delhi court on Tuesday said the trial in the "Two Leaves" symbol bribery case will begin from December 17 after framing charges against sidelined AIADMK leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran. View More..

TN Governor says he went by advice while freeing convicts

Posted On : Nov 20,2018,    3:28 pm
Chennai, Nov 20 (IANS) Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit said on Tuesday that he went by the advice of the Advocate General while freeing three AIADMK activists convicted for burning a bus which killed three young women. View More..

Dharmapuri bus burning case convicts released

Posted On : Nov 19,2018,    11:46 pm
Chennai, Nov 19 (IANS) Three AIADMK party members serving life sentence in the Dharmapuri bus burning case were released on Monday to mark the birth centenary of party founder M.G. Ramachandras (MGR). View More..

Delhi Court frames corruption charges against Dhinakaran

Posted On : Nov 17,2018,    10:44 pm
New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) In a setback to sidelined AIADMK leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran, a Delhi court on Saturday framed charges, including attempts to bribe Election Commission officials, in the "Two Leaves" symbol bribery case after rejecting his plea for discharge. View More..

Delhi Court frames corruption charges against Dhinakaran

Posted On : Nov 17,2018,    6:36 pm
New Delhi, Nov 17 (IANS) In a setback to AIADMK leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran, a Delhi court on Saturday framed charges including attempts to bribe Election Commission officials in the "Two Leaves" symbol bribery case after rejecting his plea for discharge. View More..

Faced with threat, Sarkar undergoes voluntary cuts, muting of dialogue

Posted On : Nov 09,2018,    6:44 pm
Chennai, Nov 9 (IANS) With the ruling AIAMDK opposed to the Vijay-starring 'Sarkar' over certain scenes and a character's name, the producer and director of the Tamil movie have obtained CBFC's permission to voluntarily delete some visuals and mute some dialogues, said an official. View More..


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