Jayalalitha’s Glorification Drive amid Disaster
While the general public proactively reached out to the flood-hit people of Chennai, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has sought to project herself as the saviour. Some party sycophants are reported to have forcibly stuck her photograph-printed stickers on relief materials.
That is the political spirit of Tamil Nadu…the true colours of a Prime Minister-wannabe! If the DMK was in power, it will have been Karunanidhi’s photos all over!
You can even call it the spirit of India – which campaign does not have Modi’s image? Be it Mulayam Singh, Mayawati or Lallu Prasad Yadav (all PM aspirants), politics in India revolves around personalities and power pursuit, not principles or ideologies!
After she was shamed in the social media over the incident, Jayalalithaa’s party leaders have sought to do some damage control by claiming she has little to do with it.
But there can be no denying that she is an attention-seeking person who slept through the first three weeks of the rain crisis. She woke up after the public and NGOs themselves started involving themselves in relief work. But for the latter’s help, the victims will have faced greater trouble.
The floods are reported to have claimed the lives of around 500 people, with millions stranded after losing their homes and property.
But political scoundrels will only to try to claim credit for the good work of others and capitalise on the woes of the victims.
G Joslin Vethakumar