Joy turned into anger and cheers into jeers following a seesaw in media reports on the fate of AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa whose bail plea was rejected by the Karnataka high court on Tuesday.
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Celebrations kicked off near the former chief minister’s Poes Garden bungalow and spread to other parts of the city when at around 3.40 pm television channels reported Public Prosecutor Bhavani Singh saying he was not opposed to conditional bail.
Many broke into song and dance as supporters, high on optimistic reports from social media and TV channels, celebrated the AIADMK chief’s expected homecoming.
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“I heard the state government will be sending a plane to fetch her,” said party representative Selvaraj, flashing the victory sign.
But in 20 minutes the festivities came to a grinding halt. Jayalalithaa’s bail rejected: these three words stunned the revellers into shock, despair and confused anger.