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The Revenge Of Draupadi

The Revenge Of Draupadi
The Revenge Of Draupadi
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JAYALALITHA loyalists have a pet theory about her hatred towards Karunanidhi and the DMK. They point to an incident which occurred in the Tamil Nadu assembly on March 25, 1989, when a DMKMLA tugged at Jayalalitha’s cape. She was quick to reap political mileage and the AIADMK drew a parallel with the disrobing of Draupadi. Karunanidhi was compared to Duryodhan. In fact, Jayalalitha kept harping on the incident in her 1991 election campaign.

 Trouble broke out even as Karunanidhi, who also held the finance portfolio, was presenting the budget and Jayalalitha, as the leader of the Opposition, was obstructing proceedings. She was very vocal in her demand that Karunanidhi resign. She summoned AIADMK MLA K.A. Sengottiyan to ‘attack’ the CM. In the pandemonium that followed, Jayalalitha was roughed up by DMK members led by Durai Murugan.

But Jayalalitha’s antipathy towards Karunanidhi dates back to MGR’s death. Karun-anidhi and his deputy K. Anbazhagan had then publicly denounced her as a political non-entity. During the 1989...

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