Chennai. In a shocking development, though perfectly in keeping with the trend of reversing and scrapping the schemes and decisions of the previous DMK regime, Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa has announced that all the marriages that took place during the DMK rule will be “null and void”.
“Those who got married during the Karunanidhi’s rule were blind to the reality and our government has decided to give them an opportunity to mend their mistake,” an official press release said, “Those who think they were right can remarry; there will a single-window counter for such couples.”
Expectedly, the decision is being opposed by DMK, which called it draconian and undemocratic. In a response striking similar to that of his father and former CM Karunanidhi, party’s heir-apparent M K Stalin said, “Being unmarried, Jaya does not understand the sanctity and value of marriage. No one is a bigger authority on marriages than my father.”
The DMK is reported to be considering moving the Chennai High Court challenging the decision. It hopes the court would declare the move “ultra vires”. Party has also asked the central government to impose President’s rule in the state.
Congress is playing it safe as the party doesn’t want to offend Jayalalithaa so soon. However, Congress leaders are trying their best to help DMK.
“There was no need for this order by the Jaya government,” Union Minister and Congress leader Kapil Sibal argued, “As per my calculations, the number of marriages held under the DMK rule is ‘zero’. There were only notional nuptial knots. There is no need to cancel any.”
Sibal hotly contested the figures released by the marriage bureau attached to the Ministry of Social Welfare and dubbed those figures as “presumptive”, and “figments of AIADMK’s imagination”.
The decision is also being opposed by lawyers, in-laws, and religious leaders, who think that Jayalalithaa is trying to intrude into their respective and reserved domains.
But some reports suggest that many men were happy and joyous after the announcement.
“I didn’t vote for Amma in the assembly elections, but this is too good!” Karthik Murali, a software engineer who got married in 2009, welcomed the decision. Kathik also canceled the order for a diamond-studded gold necklace that he had booked just a couple of hours back to please his perpetually angry wife.
While women are divided over the issue, women organizations have all opposed the move and asked Jaya to take back the order. “It’s true that we love it when women call off marriages, but this is a bit too far,” a women rights activist told Faking News.
(submitted by Subbramaniam Ramamurthy)