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Monday , March 3 , 2014
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Move heaven, earth and venue for a job

- For Jaya, salvation lies in the north

Chennai, March 2: Jayalalithaa will be looking only northwards, and not just in a political sense, when she launches her Delhi chalo campaign on Monday.

Astrologers and Vaastu experts have advised her that the daises at all her campaign meetings should face north. So, AIADMK managers have been ordered to choose only those locations where this is possible.

Sources said that party officials at Kancheepuram, 90km from here, had to rejig their plans for tomorrow’s meeting after receiving the diktat.

They had begun putting up the stage at Gandhi Road, a popular venue for political meetings and considered lucky for Jayalalithaa who had launched her successful Assembly election campaign from there in 2011. “But we were informed on Thursday that Amma should be facing north when she speaks,” a party source said. At Gandhi Road, Jayalalithaa would have faced west.

“So, we hurriedly shifted the meeting to Kamaraj Avenue, where a northward-looking stage can be erected,” the source said.

The civic authorities had to work double shift to repair and blacktop the road to prepare it for the chief minister’s meeting.

The only worry for local people is that there are two big schools nearby where Class XII students will take their board exams from Monday morning. If the AIADMK cadres start playing loud propaganda music from the morning, it would disturb the students.

During the first leg of her campaign, Jayalalithaa plans to address 19 rallies in 16 days. So, party officials are scurrying for north-oriented street corners and playgrounds.

At venues where a stage cannot be erected, Jayalalithaa will address the meetings from her campaign van, which has a platform that can be elevated through the roof.

The van will face north, party sources said.

Jayalalithaa’s faith in astrology and Vaastu is well known.

On returning to power in 2011, Jayalalithaa had had the treasury benches and her own Assembly seat rearranged to face east rather than west.

Astrologers had apparently advised her that facing east would enable her to rule uninterrupted unlike 2001, when she had to step down and appoint an interim chief minister after being convicted in a corruption case. Only after the high court acquitted her six months later could she return to office.

Since an assets case is now going on against her in Bangalore, there have been fears of a replay of 2001. Whether rearranging the Assembly furniture helps her will be known soon when the Bangalore court concludes its hearings this month.

By then, Jayalalithaa would have launched a serious assault on Delhi. Although she has not declared herself a prime ministerial candidate, she might get a chance to stake claim if she wins the largest number of seats among the third front constituents.

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