After remaining silent for 12 days over the imprisonment of Tamil Nadu Chief Mininster J Jayalalitha, her opponent and DMK Chief M Karunanindhi finally relented to pay his lip sympathy on Wednesday, saying “Jayalalitha has trapped herself in the net" and recollecting her contribution made to the Dravidian Movement.
The 92-year-old Karunanidhi broke his silence on Jayalalitha’s arrest at a party meeting held at the DMK headquarters in Chennai. "Jayalalithaa trapped herself in the net. She created a situation as if there’s no one to question her. Today, Jayalalithaa reads her own fall as a lesson. Unknowingly, Jayalalithaa has helped us in lifting the Dravidian movement," he said.
The tonegue-in-cheek comment echoed more of an obit and Karunanidhi did not retract from writing it. He said that coming back to power would be a dream for Jayalalitha. “Her comeback to power can only be a dream. It would never be fulfilled," he stressed.
Jayalalithaa, accused of corruption during the period of 1991 to 1996 when she was chief minister, was sentenced to four years in jail with a penalty of Rs 100 crore by Karnataka High Court after she was convicted in the Rs 66.65-crore disproportionate assets case.
Karunanidhi, who kept aloof from commenting on the issue, finally broke his silence on Wednesday while addressing the party meeting held in Chennai to take stock of the law and order situation in the state after the Karnataka High Court denied her bail.
Karunanidhi’s silence was not surprising for many as his own daughter M K Kanimozhi and other DMK leader A Raja were in jail over corruption charges in 2G spectrum scam until last year. Even his nephew Dayanidhi Maran is facing corruption charges.
But Jayalalitha is the first sitting chief minister who has been sent to jail by the court. The DMK chief Karunanidhi was also arrested and remanded to judicial custody in 2001 in connection with the Rs.12 crore "Flyover scam" but then he was only a former chief minister of Tamil Nadu.