In fact, the practice of falling at the feet of the politicians was more visible and common in the AIADMK when the late J Jayalalithaa was Chief Minister and when she was out of power as the General Secretary of the party. In order to maintain a distance from the male cadre, she perhaps would have followed this strategy. After the death of former Chief Minister MG Ramachandran, her political mentor introduced her to the party and to the Assembly, she had a harrowing experience. Media houses then reported of her being physically assaulted in the Assembly. This incident, according to some analysts, was the starting point for her to change her attire (sari with an overcoat).