Chennai: An AIADMK MLA took the `devotion` to J Jayalalithaa to a new level when he said the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister inspired Hillary Clinton to make history by becoming the first female presidential nominee from any major political party in the US.
Speaking in the Tamil Nadu Assembly, Coonoor MLA A Ramu on Tuesday insisted that Hillary won the Democratic candidature only after she had met Amma in 2011.
The legislator said the historical meeting between Jayalalithaa and Hillary five years ago became the 'pillayar suzhi' (a symbol or a lucky omen).
"The historical change (for a woman to contest) in the US started in Tamil Nadu and it is a proud moment for all of us. Our Amma is the reason for a woman to contest for the first time in the US," said Ramu.
"Today, the world is celebrating this meeting for its historical importance. During the meeting, Hillary understood Amma's personality and was awestruck by her proficiency in English and her encouragement. Finally, accepting the assuring words of respected Amma, an overwhelmed US Secretary of State went back to become the presidential candidate. I would like to record that the reason for this is respected Amma," Ramu said.
In Tamil Nadu politics, many instances of such levels of sycophancy have been recorded in the past.