Jayalalithaa Jayaram is an Indian politician. She is the member of AIADMK (All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) party. Jayalalitha is the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. She is the incumbent General Secretary of AIADMK party.
Jayalalithaa Jayaram was born in Mysore at Melukote place on February 24, 1948. Her father’s name was Jayaram. He was a lawyer by profession. He died when she was just 2 years old. As a result, Jayalalithaa & her brother Jayakumar shifted to Bangalore with her mother. Her mother was Vedavathi. Her mother started working in Tamil Cinema with the screen name, Sandhya.
Jayalalithaa Jayaram completed her schooling at Bishop Cotton Girls' High School, Chennai & at Sacred Heart Matriculation School, Chennai. She was a very bright student & received scholarship for higher studies from Indian Government after completing matriculation in the year 1964. Her career saw her working in movies of diverse languages, including Hindi, English, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam.
1982: Jayalalitha Jayaram entered Politics and became the Member of AIADMK. under the assistance of Puratchi Thalaivar Dr.MGR
1983: Jayalalitha was appointed as Propaganda Secretary of AIADMK
1983: Jayalalitha was chosen by Dr. MGR. to carry out her maiden election campaign for AIADMK
1984: Jayalalitha was elected as the Member of Parliament of Rajya Sabha
In absence of Dr. MGR., Jayalalitha took his place & lead the alliance of the AIADMK., & the Congress (I) securing a gigantic victory for the alliance
1989: Jayalalitha contested the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly as the General Secretary of AIADMK
1989: Jayalalitha reinstated the ‘2 Leaves’ election symbol to the AIADMK.
Feb 2002 & May 2006: Jayalalitha was elected from the Andipatti Assembly Constituency
May 2011: Jayalalitha was elected from Srirangam Assembly Constituency
24.06.1991 to 12.05.1996: Elected as a Chief Minister
14.05.2001 to 21.09.2001: Elected as a Chief Minister
02.03.2002 to May 2006: Elected as a Chief Minister
16.05.2011: Elected as a Chief Minister
On 23 May 2015, Jayalalithaa was sworn in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for the 5th time after Karnataka High Court acquitted her from disproportionate case on 11 May 2015.
Achievements and Awards
- Jayalalitha won ‘Kalaimamani award’ by the Government of Tamil Nadu in 1972
- Madras University honoured her by conferring a Degree of Doctor of Literature on 19th December 1991
- She was honoured with Golden Star of Honour & Dignity Award by International Human Rights Defense Committee Ukraine
- She was honoured with Paul Harris Fellow Recognition & Lifetime achievement Award by Rotary International.
Books and documentaries
Daughter of the South: Biography of Jayalalitha by Sterling Publishers, 1996