J Jayalalithaa

J. Jayalalithaa is a former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, India. She is the chief of AIADMK party, a regional party in Tamil Nadu.

Personal Biography

Jayalalithaa was born on February 24, 1948 at Melukote, Karnataka.

Professional Biography

Jayalalitha is a former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. Prior to entering Politics, she acted in a number of Tamil films. She even appeared in an English language film titled ‘Epistle’ in 1961. Her last film was Nadhiyai Thedi Vandha Kadal in 1980.

Jayalalitha joined AIADMK in 1981. She was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1988. She became the first woman chief minister of Tamil Nadu and served a full term from June 24, 1991 till May 12, 1996. She later returned to power in the 2001 elections.

As Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

13-point plan to tackle sexual crimes

Jayalalithaa, on 1 January 2013, became the first Chief Minister to unveil an action plan to deal with sexual crimes against women following the 2012 Delhi gangrape incident. She mooted severe punishments like death penalty and chemical castration for sexual offenders through amendments in Central Acts.

Action points

  • Fast track Mahila courts in each district - for speedy trial of sexual offences. Appoint female investigating officers and prosecutors.
  • State will use women prosecution officers in cases involving sexual offences against women
  • Women police will also lead the probe and trial
  • Goondas Act: The Goondas Act would be amended to include sexual offenders under the Act’s purview. Investigation of sexual offences against women would be supervised by deputy superintendents of police. Women inspectors, or in their absence, women sub-inspectors would assist enquiry.
  • Monthly review of such cases
  • IGs would submit report in 15 days
  • Raise one-time remand period from 15 to 30 days
  • Women’s helpline to be set up with help of NGOs
  • CCTVs and plainclothes cops in malls and women’s colleges
  • State will bear medical expenses and rehabilitation of victims

Allegations of Disproportionate Assets

J Jayalalithaa has faced allegations of having assets disproportionate to her known sources of income. She was acquitted by a court before it was overturned by the Karnataka High Court. Jayalalithaa is likely to become the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu again. According to sources, she is likely to take oath on May 22, 2015 and will resume duty on May 23, 2015.

Jayalalithaa Timeline


On 2 January, Jayalalithaa paid rich tributes to CPI stalwart AB Bardhan who passed away. Jayalalithaa said Bardhan was the epitome of political decency and selfless service. Jayalalithaa said she was deeply saddened by the demise of the veteran leader.


Jayalalithaa took oath as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on 23 May 2015.


Jayalalithaa announces that her government would release all the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. She told the Assembly that an emergency Cabinet meeting has discussed the Apex court decision to commute death sentence of three of the convicts to life sentence. Feb 19, 2014

Jayalalithaa took a dig at Gujarat chief minister and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi saying that she has brought inclusive growth in Tamil Nadu. Apr 21, 2014

Lifting of power cuts
Jayalalithaa ordered officials to lift power cuts in the state from June 1. “There have been no power cuts in Tamil Nadu since last five days. Power generation has been enhanced by 2500 MW. Deals signed for purchasing 3800 MW power,” said Jayalalithaa. May 27, 2014

Before 2014

Jayalalithaa criticizes Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, saying his comments during an interaction with top television editors of the country was a ‘wretched exercise’. Feb 21, 2011

Jayalalithaa says she is disappointed with the Railway Budget for the 2011-12 financial year. Says Tamil Nadu gained little from the budget. Feb 25, 2011

Jayalalithaa stormed out of the National Development Council meeting protesting the 10 minute time limit to her speech. She was the first to speak after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and took exception at a 10-minute buzzer being sounded. She was in page 10 of her 28-page speech. Dec 27, 2012

Jayalalithaa has written to Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh not to allow Sri Lankan players to play in the Indian Premier League. “In such a hostile and tense environment, we apprehend that the participation of Sri Lankan players in the IPL tournament, with many games to be played in Chennai, will aggravate an already surcharged atmosphere and further offend the sentiments of the people,” she wrote. Jayalalithaa said her government will allow the matches to be played in Chennai only if the BCCI gives an undertaking that no Sri Lankan will play in Chennai. IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla has announced that the 13 Sri Lankan players in the tournament would not play in any of the matches held in Chennai. March 26, 2013

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