2012 yearender: Jayalalithaa's water, power woes continue

J Jayalalithaa

She vociferously demanded that the uniformed men from the island republic should not be given training on Indian soil.

On the economic front, she launched a major initiative when 12 multi-national corporations covering a vast span including automobile and telecommunications proposed to invest Rs 20,295 crore in the state.

She also unveiled the ambitious Vision 2023, seeking to make the state number one in all spheres with the active participation of the private sector also.

The DMK, having lost the main Opposition status to the much younger DMDK in the 2011 Assembly polls, continued to attract much interest among political observers with the party doing a flip-flop on FDI.

After initially opposing the move saying it was inimical to small traders, and hinting that his party may vote against the government in Parliament on the issue, Karunanidhi did a U-turn when he backed UPA citing its stability. He claimed the fall of the government would pave the way for "communal forces" taking over.

Parties in the state spoke in one voice when they objected against some depiction of the Nadar community in CBSE books.

The US Consulate was targetted in connection with an anti-Islam movie. Though police brought things under control, City Police Commissioner J K Tripathy was shunted out following the incident. Protests continued for days, one of them violent but away from the Consulate, before it was closed down for a few days and its visa appointments rescheduled.

Caste problem raised its ugly head when an incident of violence with casteist undertones broke out at Dharmapuri,resulting in a war of words between PMK founder S Ramadoss and Karunanidhi, even as parties across the state spoke in one voice to nip in the bud such incidents and prevent their recurrence.

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