Recovered, Sasikala hints at political battle with AIADMK

Bengaluru, January 31

Expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala was discharged from a hospital here on Sunday after recovering from Covid-19, days after she was set free by the prison officials on completion of her jail term in a corruption case, authorities said.

Sending a strong signal, Sasikala, a close aide of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, travelled in a car that sported the AIADMK flag from the hospital, with the ruling party questioning the propriety of her action when she had been ousted from the party.

The AIADMK has time and again made it clear that the Sasikala (66) would not be taken back and her release would not have any impact on the party, which is keen retain power in the Assembly elections, expected in April-May.

It has already declared incumbent K Palaniswami as the chief ministerial candidate for the polls.

Sasikala was expelled from the party in September 2017 along with her nephew TTV Dhinakaran and others by the general council of the combined AIADMK under the leadership of Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam after the two merged their respective factions.

On Sunday, the AIADMK in its twitter handle said the use of its flag by Sasikala was against the law and quoted senior party leader D Jayakumar.

Defending Sasikala, Dhinakaran, who is the general secretary of Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam floated by him in March 2018, as an arrangement to retrieve the AIADMK, claimed “she (his aunt) is the general secretary of the AIADMK.”

Cases relating to her so-called “expulsion” and connected matters were pending before the court in Tamil Nadu, he said, adding, “I have already told you that legal fight will continue (to retrieve the AIADMK).” The very purpose of floating the AMMK was to retrieve the AIADMK in a democratic way, he added. — PTI

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