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who is also known as J. Jayalalitha or
Jayalalitha Jayaram, usually goes by one name
only. Her first career was as a film actress and a devoted follower
of MG Ramachandran, the legendary Tamil Nadu actor and politician.
As his co-star and chosen successor, he included her in his cabinet
over the opposition of other longtime party members. She climbed
easily through the ranks, picking up numerous enemies on the way.
After his death in 1988, she consolidated her power independently,
becoming party leader of the AIADMK. After a stint as chief minister
of Tamil Nadu, she was charged with and
jailed for widespread corruption. A new alliance with the BJP has
made her a major
player in Indian national politics. Her lavish lifestyle and
temperamental, domineering personal style has drawn
much criticism, but she continues on as undisputed queen of Tamil
Nadu politics. Run a web search to see the latest.
- Newsclips & Links
Interview with Jayalalitha
Villians of '98 from India Today.
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Last updated 21 May 2013
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