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Jayalalithaa’s legacy

Print edition : January 06, 2017

Jayalalithaa at an election campaign at Puthur in Tiruchi district. Photo: R. Ashok

With mentor M.G. Ramachandran at the Madurai conference of the AIADMK's World MGR Mandram in 1986. Photo: The Hindu Archives

The funeral procession of Jayalalithaa on December 6, 2016. Photo: G. SRIBARATH

Jayalalitha taking oath as member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly on February 6, 1989. DMK supremo and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, M. Karunanidhi, looks on. Photo: The Hindu Archives

Crowd throng Jayalalaithaa's residence at Poes Garden in Chennai after the AIADMK's victory in the Assembly elections on May 13, 2011. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan

Jayalalithaa ends her four-day fast, demanding Tamil Nadu's share of the Cauvery water as per the Cauvery Water Tribunal Award, by sipping fruit juice offered by Governor Channa Reddy in the presence of Union Water Resources Minister V.C. Shukla (right) in Chennai in August 1993. Photo: PTI

Jayalalithaa arrives by helicopter to campaign in Kancheepuram district on April 18, 2016. Photo: Bijoy Ghosh

At the National Development Council meeting in New Delhi on June 27, 2005, with Chief Ministers Narendra Modi and Mulayam Singh Yadav of Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. Photo: V.V. Krishnan

Serving food at a newly inaugurated Amma Canteen in Chennai on September 22, 2014. Amma canteens are the centrepiece of the Jayalalithaa government's welfare schemes. Photo: S.R. Raghunathan

The AIADMK supremo won the hearts of millions, especially women, with a slew of welfare measures though she was strongly criticised for her imperious style of functioning. Her death has left her party and government at a crossroads.

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