An AIADMK legislator on Tuesday told the Tamil Nadu Assembly that American Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was inspired by his party supremo and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa when the US leader met her in 2011.
AIADMK MLA from Coonoor A Ramu insisted that Hillary won the Democratic candidature only after she had met Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa five years ago.
Ramu said the meeting between Jayalalithaa and Hillary in 2011 became the ‘pillayar suzhi’. It was only after that historical meeting that Hillary won the candidature for US presidency, the first for a woman in that country’s history, said the legislator.
Ramu said Hillary visited Jayalalithaa back in 2011 as US Secretary of State. That hour-long meeting, he claims, was behind Hillary’s firm decision to run for President of the United States.
Ramu claims that her meeting with Jayalalithaa left Hillary mesmerised and she also came away impressed with Amma’s fluency in English.
Noting that Hillary returned to her country joyously after the meeting with Jayalalithaa, he said, “In the history of America, if she (Hillary Clinton) is today a presidential nominee inscribed in golden letters, it is due to honourable Amma.”
“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.