Sasikala quits politics ahead of TN election: All you need to know
Expelled All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader VK Sasikala, who was a close aide to late chief minister J Jayalalithaa, said on Wednesday she will “stay away from politics”. Here is all you need to know about the announcement:
• It came amid a buzz of her return to the party just weeks ahead of the assembly elections in Tamil Nadu.
• In a two-page statement, Sasikala urged the AIADMK cadre to stay united and defeat the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in the assembly polls.
• “I never wanted any position, title, or power. I’ll always remain grateful to the beloved cadre of Puratchi Thalaivi (revolutionary leader, as Jayalalithaa is addressed) and the people of Tamil Nadu. I’ll keep away from politics and pray to my akka (older sister) whom I’ve always worshipped and the almighty for Puratchi Thalaivi’s golden rule to continue,” she said.
• She said the cadre will have to strive hard to prevent the “evil force of DMK” from returning to power to ensure the “golden rule of Amma(as Jayalalithaa’s followers called her)” continues.
• Sasikala added she would continue executing the vision of Jayalalithaa
• Sasikala, who was released from a Bengaluru prison following the completion of a four-year term in an assets’ case, last month announced her intention to engage in active politics.
• Earlier on Wednesday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said the AIADMK would decide on accommodating Sasikala in the ruling party-led alliance for the April 6 assembly polls.
• The AIADMK, however, ruled out accommodating her or her nephew TTV Dhinakaran-led Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam in the party or in the alliance.
• After Sasikala’s announcement, BJP state president L Murugan welcomed the move, adding to her call that the DMK should be defeated.