It's an early Deepawali for AIADMK

Amma returns: Hundreds of party workers celebrate Jaya's bail

After twenty one days of uncertainty, AIADMK cadres had the good news that they had been waiting for as the Supreme Court on Friday granted bail to their 66-year-old leader and former chief minister J Jayalalitha.

Party cadres, both men and women, danced to rapturous numbers before the headquarters, which wore a gloomy look earlier in the day as party functionaries gathered to mark its 43rd founding day without their leader for the first time.

Minutes after the news of her bail, however, celebrations hit high velocity with jubilant party workers marking the moment with rapturous shouts and music.

Party legislators and ministers, who appeared sombre in the morning during the founding day function, braved heavy rains to distribute sweets to their cadres on hearing the news of Jayalalitha’s bail.

“Finally justice has come to our Amma. She will clear all the hurdles and will come clean. I will be here until I see my Amma,” C K Vilvam, party harbour constituency zonal leader said.

Jubilant scenes were also witnessed before Jayalalitha’s residence in Poes Garden, where thousands of AIADMK cadres, including several women, welcomed the news of her bail with wild cheer.

“Victory to Amma” was one refrain that echoed in the street at Poes Garden.
Celebrations have been reported from different parts of Tamil Nadu, including major cities like Trichy, Coimbatore, Salem, Madurai and Tirunelveli as news of the Supreme Court’s decision started to percolate.

“We were totally confused and disturbed during the last three weeks after injustice was done to our Amma. Today only we are back to normal. This occasion is our Diwali festival,” said K Meenakshi, a women party functionary.

Since Jayalalitha’s conviction and subsequent imprisonment in Bangalore on Sep 27, thousands of die-hard AIADMK cadres held special prayers in temples and churches. Hundreds of them also carried out protests and hunger strikes continuously demanding the release of their leader.

After brief celebrations, several ministers and legislators rushed to Bangalore to receive their leader, who is expected to be released soon.

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