Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has explained why she ordered the release of DMK cadre who courted arrest, protesting what they called the "AIADMK's repressive regime and vendetta politics".
In a statement, she said that she had ordered the release of DMK party cadres who participated in a State-wide protest as it would have been futile for the government and the police to arrest them.
“The agitation was held to deceive the people, and it will be a futile exercise for the Government and the police to arrest the participants,” she said in a statement.
Jayalalithaa said that the "DMK's jail bharo was an attempt to divert attention of the angry public". She added that "though land grab complaints were given even during the earlier DMK regime, no action was taken then and it was only after my government took over quick action was taken, as I had promised during election campaign".