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Amid desertion by MPs, Sasikala says it’s very difficult for a woman to be in politics

AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala on Sunday said it was “very difficult” for a woman to be in politics, which she had seen in the time of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa too, and asserted that the MLAs were with her.

india Updated: Feb 13, 2017 10:14 IST
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AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala in a surprise move arrives at the resort in Koovathur at East Coast Road to meet various MLAs who are camping over the last four days to decide on the further course of action near Chennai on Saturday.
AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala in a surprise move arrives at the resort in Koovathur at East Coast Road to meet various MLAs who are camping over the last four days to decide on the further course of action near Chennai on Saturday.(PTI)

As her swearing-in remained stalled and more MPs deserted her, AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala on Sunday said it was “very difficult” for a woman to be in politics, which she had seen in the time of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa too, and asserted that the MLAs were with her.

“As general secretary, I can tell that the AIADMK government will certainly continue for the next four and a half years and serve people,” she said.

Speaking to reporters outside the Poes Garden residence where she continues to live after the demise of her predecessor Jayalalithaa, Sasikala, who was elected the legislature party leader a week ago, termed as “fake” a letter in her name and purportedly addressed to Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao.

“There is a fake letter in my name doing the rounds in social media and a friend brought it to my notice. You (media) should also see it. It is very difficult for a woman to be in politics. Have seen that during Purathchi Thalaivi’s (Jayalalithaa) times also, but she overcame it,” Sasikala said.

She said she had seen such “flutter” happen in the AIADMK following the death of its founder, the late MG Ramachandran, but Jayalalithaa had steered it tactfully and even ensured it won a successive term in last year’s polls.

“Since then, there have been efforts to split the party. Those who made such efforts then are doing it today also,” she said, in an apparent reference to chief minister O Panneerselvam, who has revolted against her, being a member of the faction led by Janaki, the widow of Ramachandran, then.

The AIADMK was then divided as the Janaki and Jayalalithaa factions.

Sasikala asserted, “We are used to these challenges.”

“The MLAs are with me. Today also I’m going to meet them (at a resort near here),” she said.

She had on Saturday held discussions with the MLAs staying at the resort at nearby Koovathur.

The resort in Koovathur near Chennai where many AIADMK MLAs are camping. Sasikala visited the resort on Saturday. (PTI)

On the ‘delay’ by governor Rao in inviting her to form the government and 10 MPs joining the rival camp, she shot back “you very well know” the reason.

On various charges made against her by Panneerselvam, she said they will be responded to at the “appropriate time”.

Asked about BJP leader Subramanian Swamy’s contention that the governor has to decide on the issue of government formation by Monday, else a court case can be filed charging abetment of horse trading, she said, “We will discuss it.”

Meanwhile, addressing her party’s star campaigners who include actors and singers, Sasikala assured them that the AIADMK would come out of this crisis with the help of grassroots workers.

“Our party and grassroots level workers are with us. They are the true sense of this movement. Be bold, I am with you,” she told them.