Public, politicians and all in Bangalore expect a jail term of 2 years, which will help Jaya to contest in elections with no bar.
Additionally, the judgement can also pronounce Rs 10 crores instead of Rs 100 crores, giving a major relief for Jaya.
Tension has gripped Tamil Nadu with the the Karnataka High Court all set to deliver the judgment on the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) supremo J Jayalalitha against her appeal in the disproportionate assets case.
Senior party functionaries and cabinet ministers, who intensified their visits to temples and resorting to varied rituals to prompt divine intervention, are hoping for their “chief’s comeback”.
The striking down of the trial court’s order would give a big boost for former chief minister Jayalalitha but a verdict against her would dent her party’s prospects in the coming assembly elections.
Last minute prayers by the senior ministers have been in full swing since Sunday morning even as most of them decided to remain in the city to express solidarity with Jayalalitha, who was at her Poes Garden residence.
The various rituals for divine intervention by the party leaders on Sunday included Sarva Sidhi Yagam, Sudharsana Yagam, Chandi Maha Yagam, Maha Rudra Yagam, Saha Chandhi Yagam, many types of ‘homams’ and processions with women functionaries carrying milk pots at various temples across Tamil Nadu.
Transport Minister V Senthil Balaji, who has not shaved his beard since Jayalalitha got convicted, lit more than one lakh traditional clay lamps at a temple for his leader’s comeback. “Our prayers will not go vain. Our ‘Amma’ will be back as chief minister soon,” Senthil Balaji said.
Jayalalitha was convicted in a disproportionate assets case last September and lost her MLA post. Since then, her party functionaries have been offering special prayers for her and the activities have reached a peak since Saturday evening.