Chennai(web team): AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa was on Friday unanimously elected its Legislature Party Leader, paving the way for her return as a chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the fourth time.
However, Jayalalitha was not present at the meeting. 144 of 150 party lawmakers attended the meeting, while 5 rebel MLAs from actor-politician Vijayakanth's DMDK were also present.
Jayalalithaa is expected to be sworn-in as Chief Minister either on Friday or Saturday, however, senior party functionaries are tight lipped on giving out a firm date.
Jayalalithaa was unseated from the Chief Minister's post on August 27 last year when the trial court convicted her and she was automatically disqualified from being a member of the Assembly and contesting elections for 10 years from then.
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Meanwhile, the Karnataka High Court on Thursday dismissed a PIL against Jayalalithaa being sworn in as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, observing that the petition had been filed for "publicity purpose".
Dismissing a PIL The vacation bench of Justices Venugopal Gowda and Veerappa imposed a penalty of Rs 25,000 on the petitioner, advocate Raviraj Gururaj Kulkarni.
The petitioner had submitted that since the recent High Court order acquitting Jayalalithaa in the disproportionate assets case had "flaws", there are possibilities of someone moving the Supreme Court challenging the judgment.
What Jaya said after acquittal
After her acquittal, the 67-year old leader had said,"We are at the cusp of victory after crossing all the hurdles. Our politics and administration should be based on legal principles and guidelines. That is how we have been functioning."
"That is why, our successive steps are being taken according to a planned itinerary. There is no confusion regarding this; no problems," she had said apparently in reference to eagerness among party workers to see her re-elected soon.
"Those things desired by my dear party siblings will happen at the right time. Nobody can stop this. So there is no need for concern," she had said in a statement.
Jayalalithaa was acquitted by the Karnataka High Court on May 11 after a special trial had convicted her on September 27 last year in a disproportionate assets case and sentenced her to four years in jail.