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Thursday, October 03, 2013
When Jayalalitha was convicted and became CM two times later.
feel like a voter of a previous generation. I remember campaigning for
DMK in 1996 (in 10th std, i was 14) in the infamous election to oust
Jayalalitha. 4 years later she was convicted in the TANSI land deal case
and sentenced to 3 years rigorous imprisonment.
conviction was in 2000 and just before the 2001 assembly election. A mob
led by ADMK activists burnt a agricultural university bus in Dharmapuri
and killed 3 girls to protest against this conviction. They await
hanging in death sentences awarded later.
Because of her
conviction, Jayalalitha could not contest the 2001 election. To save
face she deliberately filed nominations from 4 constituencies and got
them rejected by the Election Commission. In that election ADMK won in a
landslide and Jayalalitha was sworn in as CM despite the conviction and
her not being a MLA.
court declared her appointment as null and void. O Panneerselvam was
made Tamilnadu's CM. (a friend used to call me Panneerselvam in college
because of my political activities!!).
Then in 2003,
Jayalalitha was acquitted by the High Court which quashed the trial
court verdict in the TANSI case. She went on to become CM couple of more
times including her current term.
Now, as people croon about
Laloo Yadav and Rasheed Masood, I merely want to point out that trial
court judgments can be erroneous. These politicians were elected by
people. Its utterly immoral to unseat them before appeal, and
undemocratic to render their constituencies unrepresented. This is not a
Platonic republic. Democracy means accepting other people's opinion and
patiently making our case so that a majority accepts our views.
ps: oh, yes. I too believe Jayalalitha, Laloo Yadav and Rasheed Masood
are corrupt. But even as a 14 year old, I used democratic means to try
and unseat one of them.