I’m here because of the people and for the people: The words of Tamil Nadu’s Iron Lady.
Born as Komalavalli in 1948, rolled as Jayalalitha in screens, known as Puratchi Thalaivi, AMMA among the people of Tamil Nadu and formally known as the Iron Lady of Tamil Nadu. The 70th birth anniversary of former Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha is being celebrated on Saturday (February 24, 2018), by the AIADMK cadres across Tamil Nadu.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been invited by the state’s ruling party Edappadi K Palaniswamy and O. Panneer Selvam lead AIADMK for inaugurating the Amma Scooter Thittam (The scheme that provides scooters for women with subsidy). Other than the scooter scheme, former CM and ADMK’s head J.Jayalalitha’s statue and ADMK’s official Newspaper also have been unveiled on her birth anniversary by the present Chief Minister EPS and his deputy OPS.
The ‘Queen of Tamil Cinema" joined AIADMK in 1982 under the guidance of Chief Minister M G Ramachandran also known as MGR, who was also an actor turned politician. Later in few years she became the ADMK’s propaganda secretary and after the death of MGR in 1987, she became the opposition leader of Tamil Nadu legislation against Karunanithi lead DMK in 1989. A year later in 1991 she became the first and youngest woman Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the first time.
Apart from her many good deeds and militarized discipline, a disproportionate assets case had poured a black paint on her entire career while she holding the office for fifth time in the period of 2011-2014. Later she claimed her office from her deputy OPS in 2015 after she got exonerated from the accusation and stepped to power for sixth time in 2016.
Jayalalitha got permanently succeeded by cardiac arrest in December 5, 2016 after battling 75 days at the Apollo Hospital, Chennai by leaving unanswerable questions and mystery behind. She was the first woman to hold the office of power for six times in Tamil Nadu. She was awarded with many doctorates and Kalaimamani. Still now she is known for her prostrated cabinets before her. She was the first woman to introduce lot of schemes for women empowerment and shined out in every field she chosen. But still, cause of her death can’t be unearthed from her grave.
The phrase of her "Makkalal Naan, Makkalukagavey Naan", which means "I’m here because of the people and for the people" dissolved in air but still heard by many in their hearts.