DMK's CM Karunanidhi, who also held the Finance portfolio, was about to present the budget.
Opposition leader Jayalalithaa called him "criminal" for undemocratically filing a false case against one of her aides.
Karunanidhi hurled personal remarks incensing Jayalalithaa and violence erupted.
As she was about to leave the house, DMK Minister Durai Murugan tried to hit her but instead pulled and tore her saree.
Jayalalithaa fought for her space in a male-dominated political sphere
Vaasanthi, a writer and journalist, noted: "She (Jayalalithaa) was a woman scorned. She couldn't get over the sense of humiliation she suffered that day and the anger still burned inside her. She had to fight for her space in a male-dominated political sphere."
The revenge of Draupadi: Turning point for Jayalalithaa
Jayalalithaa inherited MGR's political rivalry with Karunanidhi; a disheveled Jayalalithaa emerged from the scene and drew a parallel with Draupadi's disrobing.
She vowed to enter the Assembly after the DMK Government's dismissal.
Eight months later, AIADMK-Congress alliance swept the Lok Sabha polls.
Following a landslide victory for the AIADMK-Congress in assembly elections, Jayalalithaa became the first female and youngest Chief Minister in 1991.
On 22 Sep'16, Jayalalithaa was admitted to Apollo Hospitals in Chennai for infection and acute dehydration. She was hospitalized for over 70 days; her condition gradually improved. On 4 Dec'16, she suffered a massive cardiac arrest after which her condition was critical.