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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

SC stays panel proceedings in Jayalalithaa's death

Posted On : Apr 26,2019,    3:24 pm
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the proceedings of an inquiry commission probing the death of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa at Apollo Hospitals in Chennai in 2016. View More..

SC stays judicial probe into Jayalalithaa's death

Posted On : Apr 26,2019,    12:22 pm
New Delhi, April 26 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the probe by the Judicial Commission constituted by Tamil Nadu government to inquire into the death of former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa. View More..

SC dismisses plea against Jayalalithaa memorial

Posted On : Apr 22,2019,    11:22 am
New Delhi, April 22 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking a stay on the plan to construct a memorial for former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister late J. Jayalalithaa on the Marina Beach in Chennai. View More..

High voter turnout in TN may throw up surprise

Posted On : Apr 19,2019,    10:14 am
Chennai, April 19 (IANS) Conflicting views are expressed by experts on the outcome of the Lok Sabha polls in Tamil Nadu given the final polling percentage of around 73 per cent. View More..

Nearly 70% polling in TN Lok Sabha polls (Roundup)

Posted On : Apr 18,2019,    10:44 pm
Chennai, April 18 (IANS) Polling concluded in 38 of 39 Lok Sabha and 18 Assembly constituencies, where by-elections were held on Thursday, in Tamil Nadu. View More..

After Modi biopic, movie 'inspired' by Mamata planned for release in poll time

Posted On : Apr 17,2019,    7:10 pm
Kolkata, April 17 (IANS) Even as a controversy continues to rage over the Modi biopic, a movie "inspired" by the life of Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is planned for release early next month, in the midst of Lok Sabha elections. View More..

Chennai South: Prestigious seat lacking basic facilities

Posted On : Apr 17,2019,    4:32 pm
Chennai, April 17 (IANS) Once represented by luminaries such as DMK founder C.N. Annadurai, Union Minister (and later President) R. Venkataraman and actor Vyjayanthimala Bali, Chennai South is among Tamil Nadu's most prestigious Lok Sabha constituency and appears set for another triangular contest like in the previous two elections. View More..

All set for Lok Sabha and Assembly polls in TN

Posted On : Apr 17,2019,    1:44 pm
Chennai, April 17 (IANS) All is set in Tamil Nadu for the crucial 2019 general elections with about 5.8 crore voters to decide on the fate of 822 candidates contesting in 38 Lok Sabha constituencies. View More..

Phase-II: AIADMK to defend maximum of 35 seats, BJP 26

Posted On : Apr 17,2019,    9:42 am
New Delhi, April 17 (IANS) As 95 Lok Sabha constituencies go to the polls in the second phase of elections tomorrow, AIADMK has the maximum number of 35 seats to defend, followed by the BJP, which has 26 at stake. View More..

Phase-II: AIADMK to defend maximum of 35 seats, BJP 26 (Lead with corrections)

Posted On : Apr 16,2019,    10:36 pm
New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) As 95 Lok Sabha constituencies go to the polls in the second phase of elections tomorrow, AIADMK has the maximum number of 35 seats to defend, followed by the BJP, which has 26 at stake. View More..

(For Early Wednesday release) Phase-II: AIADMK to defend maximum of 36 seats, BJP 26

Posted On : Apr 16,2019,    10:22 pm
New Delhi, April 16 (IANS) As 97 Lok Sabha constituencies go to the polls in the second phase of elections tomorrow, AIADMK has the maximum number of 36 seats to defend, followed by the BJP, which has 26 at stake. View More..

Amma, Kalaignar still maintain sway in TN

Posted On : Apr 16,2019,    6:58 pm
Chennai, April 16 (IANS) Former Chief Ministers J. Jayalalithaa and M. Karunanidhi are no more but it is still them that their parties - AIADMK and DMK respectively - invoke and rely on to seek votes in the Lok Sabha battle. View More..

Amma, Kalaignar still maintain sway in TN

Posted On : Apr 16,2019,    5:56 pm
Chennai, April 16 (IANS) Former Chief Ministers J. Jayalalithaa and M. Karunanidhi are be no more but it is still them that their parties - AIADMK and DMK respectively - invoke and rely on to seek votes in the Lok Sabha battle. View More..

Kamal's MNM's performance to decide political plunge of stars?

Posted On : Apr 16,2019,    2:02 pm
Chennai, April 16 (IANS) The way to the seat of power in Tamil Nadu is through Kollywood, goes the saying. View More..

TN's caste knots in cluttered LS contest (Special)

Posted On : Apr 16,2019,    11:16 am
Chennai, April 16 (IANS) Caste intricacies has tied up the elections in Tamil Nadu in several knots because of a cluttered four-cornered contest throwing up new factors. View More..

Kangana Ranaut set to direct an action drama

Posted On : Apr 10,2019,    2:08 pm
Mumbai, April 10 (IANS) Actress Kangana Ranaut, who stepped into the shoes of a director with her most recent film "Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi", is all set to continue her directorial stint with an action film. View More..

Modi woos women, first-time voters in Tamil Nadu

Posted On : Apr 09,2019,    10:06 pm
Coimbatore, April 9 (IANS) Criticising the Congress and the DMK for being anti-woman, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, here on Tuesday, said his government's schemes had benefited the women and time has come for women to led the development. View More..

HC warns Stalin on linking Palaniswami to murder case

Posted On : Apr 04,2019,    6:44 pm
Chennai, April 4 (IANS) The Madras High Court on Thursday warned DMK President M.K. Stalin against linking Chief Minister K. Palaniswami to the theft-cum-murder that happened in Kodanad Estate that belonged to late Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa. View More..

DMK government to probe Jayalalithaa death: Stalin

Posted On : Apr 03,2019,    7:50 pm
Chennai, April 3 (IANS) A DMK government in Tamil Nadu will order a probe into the death of Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, DMK President M.K. Stalin announced on Wednesday. View More..

Governments at Centre, TN set to change: Stalin

Posted On : Apr 03,2019,    7:44 pm
Chennai, April 3 (IANS) DMK President M.K. Stalin on Wednesday said there would be a change of government in Tamil Nadu soon after a change at the Centre after Lok Sabha polls. View More..


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