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V.K. Sasikala (L), who in 2017 was expelled from her leadership position in the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) party and recently released from prison after serving a four-year sentence for corruption, pays homage at the statue of AIADMK party founder M.G. Ramachandran in Chennai on February 9, 2021.(AFP)

Experts decode Tamil Nadu assembly election link to VK Sasikala's surprise move

By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON MAR 05, 2021 01:55 PM IST
  • In 2017, when VK Sasikala had briefly held the reigns of the party and O Panneerselvam revolted against her, he had the backing of the RSS-BJP combine
File photo: AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran.(PTI )
File photo: AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran.(PTI )

With Sasikala's blessing, AMMK vows to make Dhinakaran Tamil Nadu CM

By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2021 11:21 PM IST
  • The resolution appears to indicate that the AMMK will face the upcoming Assembly polls alone.
Expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala after paying floral tribute to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister late J Jayalalithaa on her birth anniversary, at her residence in Chennai,(PTI)
Expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala after paying floral tribute to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister late J Jayalalithaa on her birth anniversary, at her residence in Chennai,(PTI)

AIADMK, Sasikala stake claim to Jaya’s legacy ahead of polls

By Divya Chandrababu
PUBLISHED ON FEB 25, 2021 10:22 AM IST
  • Expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala says rival parties have to unite to be victorious; ruling party rejects statements
Expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala pays floral tribute to former Tamil Nadu chief minister, late J Jayalalithaa, on her birth anniversary on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)
Expelled AIADMK leader VK Sasikala pays floral tribute to former Tamil Nadu chief minister, late J Jayalalithaa, on her birth anniversary on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)

AMMK's crucial meet tomorrow, Sasikala asks Amma's true followers to join hands

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 24, 2021 10:51 PM IST
Sasikala nd her nephew Dhinakaran were expelled from the AIADMK in 2017. Tamil Nadu chief minister and AIADMK leader E Palaniswami had accused Dhinakaran of conspiring to break the party.
A large banner of VK Sasikala at Krishna Priya's residence. (ANI)
A large banner of VK Sasikala at Krishna Priya's residence. (ANI)

Unease in AIADMK as Sasikala returns to Tamil Nadu

By Divya Chandrababu
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 11:23 PM IST
  • CM Palaniswami on Tuesday said, “some people are plotting to split the AIADMK to help the evil force of the DMK”.
A large banner of VK Sasikala at Krishna Priya's residence where she likely to stay after reaching Chennai. (ANI)
A large banner of VK Sasikala at Krishna Priya's residence where she likely to stay after reaching Chennai. (ANI)

Sasikala ready to disrupt political equations, says party 'must work in unity'

By Divya Chandrababu | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2021 09:47 PM IST
  • Sasikala left Bengaluru on Monday morning and received a rousing reception along the road route before she reached Chennai.
Asked if she would visit the AIADMK headquarters in Chennai, she said "please wait and see." In picture - Supporters welcome VK Sasikala, in Hosur.(ANI)
Asked if she would visit the AIADMK headquarters in Chennai, she said "please wait and see." In picture - Supporters welcome VK Sasikala, in Hosur.(ANI)

VK Sasikala says she will be involved in active politics on her return to TN

PTI |
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2021 07:26 PM IST
In her first comments days after being discharged from a hospital in the Karnataka capital where she was treated for Covid-19, Sasikala said she was indebted to the people of Tamil Nadu but asserted she will not be cowed down by "oppression."
Sasikala completed her four-year prison term in Bengaluru in the disproportionate assets case on January 27 but remained in the city’s Victoria hospital where she was treated for Covid-19.(File photo)
Sasikala completed her four-year prison term in Bengaluru in the disproportionate assets case on January 27 but remained in the city’s Victoria hospital where she was treated for Covid-19.(File photo)

Ahead of VK Sasikala's return, Tamil Nadu govt confiscates properties of her kin

By Divya Chandrababu | Edited by Sparshita Saxena
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2021 11:58 PM IST
  • Sasikala's relatives, J Ilavarasi and VN Sudhakaran, are co-accused in the disproportionate assets.
VK Sasikala. (File photo)(HT_PRINT)
VK Sasikala. (File photo)(HT_PRINT)

Sasikala’s political rise and fall after Jayalalithaa’s death- A timeline

By Divya Chandrababu | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
UPDATED ON JAN 31, 2021 02:11 PM IST
  • Whether Sasikala, who is popularly called Chinnamma in a continuing reminder of her claim to Jayalalithaa’s legacy fights back for her place in the AIADMK will also point to the direction, her political career may take in the new innings.
VK Sasikala((File photo))
VK Sasikala((File photo))

Tamil Nadu's ruling alliance uneasy ahead of VK Sasikala's return

By Divya Chandrababu
UPDATED ON JAN 29, 2021 10:58 PM IST
  • The AIADMK has established that they will not take Sasikala back. The leadership issued an unofficial gag order to its party members not to speak of her.
VK Sasikala. (File photo)(HT_PRINT)
VK Sasikala. (File photo)(HT_PRINT)

Expelled AIADMK leader Sasikala to be released from prison tomorrow

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 26, 2021 09:44 PM IST
  • Sasikala was sentenced to four-year imprisonment in February 2017 in the 66 crore disproportionate assets case along with her sister-in-law J Ilavarasi and former Tamil Nadu chief minister late Jayalalithaa's foster son VN Sudhakaran.
After serving her term in the prison for more than four years and a fine of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10 crore was paid, Sasikala was set for release from the prison on January 27, 2021.(PTI Photo)
After serving her term in the prison for more than four years and a fine of 10 crore was paid, Sasikala was set for release from the prison on January 27, 2021.(PTI Photo)

V K Sasikala taken to Bengaluru hospital after she complains of fever

By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON JAN 20, 2021 06:50 PM IST
Sasikala has been taken to the Bowring and Lady Curzon government hospital in Bengaluru from the central prison.
Former chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s close aide, VK Sasikala(PTI file photo)
Former chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s close aide, VK Sasikala(PTI file photo)

AIADMK’s general council to meet on Nov 24; discuss local body polls, Sasikala’s reinduction

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By M Manikandan
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2019 07:21 PM IST
The last meeting of the General Council was convened in September 2017 to oust Sasikala and to implement changes in the party by-laws.
Chennai: DMK MLA has requested the CBI to probe VK Sasikala role in Jayalalithaa's fake thumb impression case.(PTI Photo)
Chennai: DMK MLA has requested the CBI to probe VK Sasikala role in Jayalalithaa's fake thumb impression case.(PTI Photo)

DMK MLA wants CBI to probe Sasikala and poll officials in Jayalalithaa’s fake thumb impression case

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By M Manikandan
UPDATED ON OCT 19, 2019 05:51 AM IST
DMK MLA Dr P Saravanan wants CBI to probe Jayalalithaa’s close aide VK Sasikala, AIADMK’s former Presidium Chairman E Madhusoodanan and former TN Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Lakhoni along with other poll officials.
VK Sasikala is serving a four-year jail term for corruption.(PTI)
VK Sasikala is serving a four-year jail term for corruption.(PTI)

AIADMK minister prays for Sasikala’s early release from prison, re-entry into party

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By M Manikandan
UPDATED ON OCT 15, 2019 11:03 PM IST
Sasikala was removed from the party by the current leadership of chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami (EPS) and his deputy O Panneerselvam (OPS) in September 2017.
Loyalists and detractors alike await the release of Sasikala, who once kept the ruling AIADMK under her thumb.(HT PHOTO)
Loyalists and detractors alike await the release of Sasikala, who once kept the ruling AIADMK under her thumb.(HT PHOTO)

Report on Sasikala’s VIP treatment in jail remerges ahead of possible early release

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By MC Rajan
UPDATED ON OCT 10, 2019 01:14 AM IST
The leaked investigation report has found serious lapses and falsification of records by senior prison officials to provide Class-A facilities to Sasikala, in violation of the rules and directions of Karnataka Home Secretary.
A trial court in Chennai framed charges against VK Sasikala, a former confidant of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa, in four cases pertaining to violation of the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) registered by the Enforcement Directorate.(PTI)
A trial court in Chennai framed charges against VK Sasikala, a former confidant of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa, in four cases pertaining to violation of the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) registered by the Enforcement Directorate.(PTI)

Court frames charges against Sasikala in 4 foreign exchange violation cases

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By MC Rajan
PUBLISHED ON JAN 28, 2019 11:06 PM IST
A trial court in Chennai framed charges against VK Sasikala, a former confidant of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa, in four cases pertaining to violation of the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA).
AIADMK members pay floral tribute to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on her 70th birth anniversary in Coimbatore.(PTI File Photo)
AIADMK members pay floral tribute to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on her 70th birth anniversary in Coimbatore.(PTI File Photo)

TN health secy was against taking Jayalalithaa abroad for treatment: Minister

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By MC Rajan
UPDATED ON JAN 01, 2019 03:40 PM IST
The minister’s outburst against the senior bureaucrat comes after the commission probing Jayalalithaa’s death said Radhakrishnan “colluded and conspired” with Apollo Hospitals and “inappropriate treatment” was provided to her.
Political circles say that I-T sleuths grilling Sasikala in Bengaluru prison, and CBI bringing health minister C Vijayabhaskar under its scrutiny are indications of the BJP’s willingness to bring AIADMK and AMMK on the same page.(PTI/File Photo)
Political circles say that I-T sleuths grilling Sasikala in Bengaluru prison, and CBI bringing health minister C Vijayabhaskar under its scrutiny are indications of the BJP’s willingness to bring AIADMK and AMMK on the same page.(PTI/File Photo)

Is BJP pushing for merger of AIADMK and Dhinakaran’s party? Speculation rife in Tamil Nadu

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By M Manikandan and MC Rajan
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2018 10:14 PM IST
Speculation is rife in Tamil Nadu’s political circles that the BJP is pushing to merge Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK) led by VK Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dhinakaran into the ruling AIADMK with an eye on Lok Sabha elections next year.
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam (left) has been summoned by the panel probing the circumstances of the death of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa (File Photo)(PTI)
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Deputy Chief Minister O Panneerselvam (left) has been summoned by the panel probing the circumstances of the death of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa (File Photo)(PTI)

Tamil Nadu deputy CM Panneerselvam summoned by panel probing Jayalalithaa’s death

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By M Manikandan
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2018 07:54 PM IST
Besides Jayalalithaa’s close confidant Sasikala, O Panneerselvam, who was interim chief minister when Jayalalithaa was hospitalised, had visited Apollo Hospital regularly where she was admitted from September till her death on December 5, 2016.
Tamil Nadu’s ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) on Monday ruled out the return of VK Sasikala and her nephew, TTV Dhinakaran, to the party while showing the willingness to re-induct the 18 lawmakers disqualified for supporting them.(PTI Photo)
Tamil Nadu’s ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) on Monday ruled out the return of VK Sasikala and her nephew, TTV Dhinakaran, to the party while showing the willingness to re-induct the 18 lawmakers disqualified for supporting them.(PTI Photo)

AIADMK ready to re-induct 18 rebels, but says no place for Sasikala, TTV Dhinakaran

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON DEC 11, 2018 12:17 AM IST
Sasikala, who took over the AIADMK’s reins after former chief minister Jayalalithaa’s death in 2016, was sacked from the party six months after she was convicted of corruption and jailed for four years in February 2017. In December 2017, Dhinakaran, as an independent candidate, successfully contested the assembly by-election necessitated by Jayalalithaa’s death.
Sasikala was with Jayalalithaa for 75 days, right from her hospitalisation on September 22, 2016, till her death on December 5, 2016. As such, her role has come under scrutiny.(PTI)
Sasikala was with Jayalalithaa for 75 days, right from her hospitalisation on September 22, 2016, till her death on December 5, 2016. As such, her role has come under scrutiny.(PTI)

Panel probing Jayalalithaa’s death to question Sasikala in Bengaluru jail

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By MC Rajan
UPDATED ON DEC 07, 2018 06:30 PM IST
Sasikala was with Jayalalithaa for 75 days, right from her hospitalisation on September 22, 2016, till her death on December 5, 2016. As such, her role has come under scrutiny.
A minister of Tamil Nadu’s AIADMK government has alleged former chief minister J Jayalalithaa was slowly poisoned by her long-term aide Sasikala leading to her death (File Photo)(PTI)
A minister of Tamil Nadu’s AIADMK government has alleged former chief minister J Jayalalithaa was slowly poisoned by her long-term aide Sasikala leading to her death (File Photo)(PTI)

Jayalaithaa slowly poisoned to death by Sasikala with unsuitable food, alleges AIADMK minister

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By M Manikandan
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2018 09:55 PM IST
The allegations, made at a party function at Nilakkottai in Dindigul district Saturday, only spread Sunday when a video of the event emerged. The minister accused both Sasikala and her nephew, TTV Dhinakaran who is now leading a rebel faction of AIADMK.
File photo of AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa in Chennai.
File photo of AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa in Chennai.

Apollo hospital room where Jayalalithaa was admitted to be inspected

Press Trust of India, Chennai | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JUL 14, 2018 06:00 PM IST
The Apollo hospital room will be inspected on July 29 by the counsel representing the one man panel probing Jayalalithaa’s death and those from the side of her aide VK Sasikala.
Tamil Nadu’s former chief minister J Jayalalithaa.(File Photo)
Tamil Nadu’s former chief minister J Jayalalithaa.(File Photo)

Sasikala, Jayalalithaa’s medical adviser differ over hospitalisation details

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By CS Kotteswaran and M Manikandan
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2018 11:45 PM IST
Jayalalithaa’s medical adviser spoke of receiving a phone call from Sasikala on September 22, 2016, allegedly informing him that the former AIADMK chief was suffering from cold and fever, but Sasikala’s affidavit reported no such phone call.
Former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa.(PTI File Photo)
Former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa.(PTI File Photo)

Probe panel releases Jayalalithaa’s last voice, handwritten diet menu

Press Trust of India, Chennai | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2018 07:17 AM IST
Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry is probing the circumstances leading to the hospitalisation and the subsequent death of the late leader in 2016.
VK Sasikala at Jayalalithaa's shrine at Marina beach in Chennai.(PTI File Photo)
VK Sasikala at Jayalalithaa's shrine at Marina beach in Chennai.(PTI File Photo)

Sasikala slaps legal notice on brother Dhivakaran asking him not use her name in public statements

PTI, Chennai | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 11, 2018 09:51 PM IST
Dhivakaran and his nephew and AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran -- Sasikala’s aide -- have been at loggerheads, with the family feud spilling over in public.
VK Sasikala, the jailed aide of former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa.(PTI File Photo)
VK Sasikala, the jailed aide of former Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa.(PTI File Photo)

Sasikala’s brother Dhivakaran floats new party named after Amma

Press Trust of India, Thiruvarur | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON APR 29, 2018 07:49 PM IST
Dhivakaran said he had nothing to do with his nephew TTV Dhinakaran’s recently launched Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK).
Chennai: AIADMK General secretary VK Sasikala at Jayalalithaa's shrine at Marina beach in Chennai before leaving to Bengaluru for appearing in front of court on Wednesday. PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar(PTI2_15_2017_000216B)(PTI)
Chennai: AIADMK General secretary VK Sasikala at Jayalalithaa's shrine at Marina beach in Chennai before leaving to Bengaluru for appearing in front of court on Wednesday. PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar(PTI2_15_2017_000216B)(PTI)

Sasikala gets 15-day parole, leaves for Thanjavur to attend husband’s funeral

Hindustan Times, Bengaluru | By Vikram Gopal
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2018 06:33 PM IST
AIADMK leader VK Sasikala, who is serving a four-year jail, had moved a petition early in the morning, seeking parole for 15 days. She reportedly collapsed in the prison on hearing the news of her husband’s death.
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