JAYALALITHA – GONE WITH THE WIND
Posted on December 7th, 2016
By M D P DISSANAYAKE
JAYALALITHA – GONE WITH THE WIND – “In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”
— Confucius, Chinese teacher and philosopher
When she became the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa famously declared that she would take only Re 1 as salary per month. Today though Jayalalithaa is dead but the disproportionate wealth case against her stays alive. Her undisclosed wealth is estimated to be well over US$225 million.
Tamil Nadu is one of poorest States in India. Average daily wage is less than US$2. On the scale of poverty line, its population of 71.5% lives below the poverty line. Sanitary facilities, education, roads and infra-structure had been left behind.
Yet its Chief Minister had accumulated massive wealth. Apart from Bank Deposits, she had held several investment portfolios in Shri Jaya Publications, Sasi Enterprises, Kodanad Estate (which holds hundreds of acres in the pristine Nilgiris Hills), Royal Valley Floritech Exports and Green T Estate .
She had at least 12 vehicles and a massive collection of expensive jewelleries. She also owned several Residential, Commercial properties in prime locations. In addition, she was the sole owner of several Agricultural Land in key locations.
She portrayed as a saviour of Tamils. Tamils never believed that Jayalalitha was a crook.
Our President Maithreepala Sirisena has already sent his condolences. He said in his message “In Hon. Jayalalithaa India loses a leading female politician and truly pro-poor leader, whom people fondly called ‘Amma’”, he said.
Can Prez Sirisena explain how a Chief Minister who received only Re1 per month, became so wealthy and neglected poor people of Tamil Nadu?
Will Prez Sirisena become a replica of Jayalalitha of India, in Sri Lanka?