Thursday, May 17, 2012

Jayalalithaa under fire over advertisements


New Delhi: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's ad campaign worth Rs 25 crore to celebrate one year in power and highlight its achievements has been slammed by critics. Is this an attempt by Amma to position herself for 2014? The Rs 25 crore Amma splash in the national capital was tough to miss as national dailies carried four page adblitz of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's one year in office.
It seems to have not gone down well with the Opposition, DMK, which questioned her functioning as a Chief Minister.DMK MP Kanimozhi said, "What work has she done?" 


Jayalalithaa perhaps wants to use her first anniversary in power to announce her importance on the national stage. One reason why the political class was cautious in its criticism was that AIADMK chief could play an important role in the changing political dynamics."The Union government too brings out ads. What is wrong in her doing so?" said BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu. Congress leader Ambika Soni said, "It is for the governments to decide how they want to spend their money." The Left was, however, unforgiving with Gurudas Dasgupta terming it as a wastage of public money.


While the political class discussed politics, Jayalalithaa was a hit on the social network as twitteratis took a swipe at the AIADMK chief. During the national security meet called by the Centre in April, Jayalalithaa’s parallel meetings with the chief ministers of some of the non-Congress states had taken the sheen away from the Vigyan Bhawan. It clearly seemed, besides acting as a focal point in the centre vs states battle, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister pitching herself as a formidable leader of a possible Third Front.

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