Sasikala discharged, sends a sign from Jaya’s automotive with ADMK flag


FOUR DAYS after she accomplished her four-year jail time period in a disproportionate property case, and minutes after her discharge following remedy for Covid, V Okay Sasikala despatched a political sign to her supporters — she got here out of the hospital in Bengaluru on Sunday contained in the late J Jayalalithaa’s trademark Toyota Prado car with an AIADMK flag on it.

The message from the previous Tamil Nadu chief minister’s shut aide and ex-general secretary of AIADMK was not misplaced on the ruling get together in her state. Senior AIADMK minister D Jayakumar mentioned utilizing the flag was “against the interests” of the get together as Sasikala had been expelled. “Sasikala has no right to use the AIADMK flag on the vehicle,” he mentioned.

In early 2017, amid a tussle for energy in Tamil Nadu following Jayalalithaa’s demise, Sasikala had recaptured the AIADMK authorities from insurgent chief O Panneerselvam by way of a flooring take a look at within the Assembly. She put in E Okay Palaniswami, one in all her trusted aides, as Chief Minister. But Palaniswami and Panneerselvam then joined arms to oust her from the get together after she was jailed within the case through which Jayalalithaa was the primary accused.

On Sunday, Sasikala’s nephew and the person who emerged as a frontrunner in her absence, T T V Dhinakaran, hit again on the get together. “She is the general secretary of AIADMK…cases in this regard are pending in court. So that is why there is a party flag on her car,” he mentioned.


Changing equation

With Assembly elections looming, Sasikala’s return to the political house in Tamil Nadu presents a dilemma to the AIADMK. More so, as a result of there are two voices throughout the get together — one demanding her return to the fold and the opposite searching for to maintain her out.

Dhinakaran, who defeated the candidates of AIADMK and DMK in a state bypoll and shaped Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) for the final Lok Sabha polls, mentioned his get together was set as much as “recapture” AIADMK “through democratic ways”. “We will continue that effort,” he mentioned.

Sources within the AIADMK acknowledged that Sasikala’s launch from jail “has already created unease” within the get together and {that a} part inside, together with many senior leaders and ministers from the Cauvery delta and southern districts, is in favour of her return to the fold.

In the previous few days, the AIADMK needed to sack a number of staff for placing up posters in several districts welcoming Sasikala. Panneerselvam’s son V P Jayapradeep himself had issued a press release wishing Sasikala a speedy restoration — with a disclaimer that it was not a political message.

While the BJP and RSS are encouraging the AIADMK management to take her again or strike an alliance with AMMK to consolidate get together votes, the Sasikala camp has added to the stress. On Saturday, ‘Namadhu MGR’, the mouthpiece of the group, termed the present AIADMK management as “traitors” in an editorial, and ridiculed them as “opportunists” who “prostrated” and “crawled” (earlier than Sasikala) for get together posts.

The group can also be mentioned to have determined to kind a 3rd entrance with smaller events, comparable to PMK or Captain Vijayakanth’s DMDK which is presently within the ruling alliance. But a senior AIADMK chief mentioned that casual talks are “still happening” by way of a number of channels. “Since Dhinakaran is the issue, she is expected to ask him to step back from a leadership role to make her entry easier,” he mentioned, suggesting that the presence of Sasikala’s nephew is a hurdle.

Sasikala, in the meantime, will proceed to stay in Bengaluru for a number of extra days earlier than shifting to Chennai the place preparations have been made for a brand new workplace constructing.