A nervous and anxious AIADMK awaits Jayalalithaa’s bail plea hearing in Karnataka high court on Tuesday. On the eve of the hearing on Monday, party workers held protests and prayers across the state. Barring minor incidents, the protests were mostly peaceful.
Frontal organisations of the AIADMK have been mobilizing support for Amma’s release. On Tuesday, farmers across the state would also come out in support, an AIADMK functionary said.
The cadres are tense as they fear that a delay in securing bail may result in increased attacks on the government. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy has already demanded the dismissal of TN government and imposition of President’s rule in the state.
“It is an anti-democratic demand to subvert a democratically-elected government,” said AIADMK office bearer, Avadi Kumar. “AIADMK protests are not causing any inconvenience to the people,” he added.
The opposition DMK and DMDK are slowly but surely coming out against the protests and are questioning how the protests were allowed without permission. DMDK chief Captain Vijayakanth questioned why Section 144 was not imposed in the state to check the protests.
Private schools and colleges had declared a bandh for Tuesday in support of Jayalalithaa but beat a hasty retreat when it was challenged in the Madras high court.
Private bus operators have decided to stop plying buses to Bengaluru and said they would stop the services at Hosur bordering Bengaluru.
The Bengaluru central jail at Parappanna Agrahara is about 40 km from Hosur.