To bicker is human, to arbitrate divine. Ending 100 days of banishment, when VK Sasikala returned to Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence, in keeping with tradition the duo stopped at a Vinayaka (Ganesh) temple in south Chennai for blessings.
This outing on Friday was their first public appearance since the patch up.
A close aide of the CM, Sasikala was expelled from the AIADMK on December 19 along with several of her relatives following allegations that they interfered in the affairs of the party and government. But on March 31, three days after Sasikala issued a statement through AIADMK-promoted Jaya TV, stating she had snapped ties with all those who had "betrayed" Jayalalithaa, the disciplinary action against Sasikala was cancelled.
On Friday, at the crack of dawn the CM and her confidante reached the temple at Kotturpuram. The priests had been apprised the night before and the main entrance of the temple had been decorated by party workers.
Since the temple was built in 1974, Jayalalithaa has visited it every time she won the elections. But, according to temple authorities, this was the first time she prayed here since she assumed power in May, 2011.
"We performed archana after they arrived at around 6.20 am," said G Sabhapati, head priest of the Varashakti Vinayakan temple in Kotturpuram.
G Senthil, junior priest mentioned that the CM had given "adequate dakshina" to the priests.
"Every time she takes this road her convoy slows down and she rolls down the window to bow and pray to the presiding deity," he added.