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Political leaders react to Jayalalithaa's verdict

Political leaders cutting across party lines reacted to Jayalalithaa's acquittal in the disproportionate assets case delivered by the Karnataka High Court on Monday. 

"It is not a victory for me personally. Justice and dharma have triumphed. Conspiracies may win temporarily but the final victory is always for truth." - Jayalalithaa, former chief minister, AIADMK chief







"What has been pronounced today is not the final verdict. I would like to remind one and all about Mahatma Gandhi’s saying there is a court above all courts and that is conscience." - M. Karunanidhi, former chief minister, DMK president.







“As far as I am concerned, People’s Chief Minister (a term used for Jayalalithaa by her supporters after she was disqualified from the post on being convicted in the case last year) has got a big relief with the grace of God. Jayalalithaa should ensure that the people of Tamil Nadu get that relief,” - Tamilisai Sounderrajan, state BJP president.







"I extent my heartiest greeting to both the party and its cadres." - Sarath Kumar, actor, president AISMK







"It 's not unusual thing. When you are in a democratic system then such twists & turns are expected... She has now earned the right to be sworn again as the CM." - Subramanian Swamy, BJP leader







"Normally I didnt expect this verdict, but so many judgments are surprising." - B.V. Acharya, Special Public Prosecutor in the DA case







“This is not a final verdict. In this background Karnataka government should appeal in the Supreme Court against Jayalalithaa’s acquittal.” - G Ramakrishnan, state secretary, CPI(M)







"Jayalalithaa’s acquittal is a loss to democracy and justice... There is a widespread opinion that Special Public Posecutor G Bhawani Singh, appointed by the Karnataka government, had not argued against Jayalalithaa but for her." - S. Ramadoss, PMK founder











"While no aspersions should be cast against a judicial verdict, one has the right to criticise it." - E.V.K.S Elangovan, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president

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