After completing her four-year jail-term and recovering from COVID-19, former General Secretary of AIADMK and aide of Jayalalithaa VK Sasikala return to Chennai from Bengaluru. Despite a warning from the AIADMK against using the party flag, the car of Sasikala had an AIADMK flag attached to it. Sasikala, released from prison on January 27 after serving her prison term in disproportionate assets case, will be given a grand welcome at least at 32 places with 10,860 people in Chennai alone.
Sasikala started her return journey after 7.30 am from Bengaluru. She crossed Chembarambakkam, Poonamalle, Porur, Ramapuram, Kathipara and Guindy to reach T Nagar.
Sasikala breaks silence
Chinamma, the expelled leader of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), said that she will be involved in active politics. “I’m enslaved by your affection, Tamil people and cadre but I will not yield to oppression,” she told her supporters and media in Tamil Nadu’s Vaniyambadi. On asked if she would visit the AIADMK headquarters in Chennai, she said, "Please wait and see" and announced that she will soon re-enter politics. She reiterated her commitment to the AIADMK, despite being debarred from the party four years ago.
She returned to Chennai and received a grand reception. Thousands lined in the street dancing in joy as Chinamma arrives. A poster at the border illustrated a picture of late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa placing a crown on Sasikala's head that is meant to signify that the latter remains the rightful heir to the legacy of "Amma", shows the popularity of Sasikala among the people.
Ahead of starting from Bengaluru, she had also paid floral tribute to Jayalalithaa, at Tamil Nadu border; she had surprised everyone by suddenly stopping her car and taking a selfie with her supporter. It’s all shows her popularity and her silent message to party earlier this day.
Panic for AIADMK?
Senior minister D Jayakumar and four other ministers lodged a police complaint against the expelled AIADMK leader for using the AIADMK flag in her car pointing that 'she was not even a primary member of the outfit'. Sasikala caused controversy after she was discharged from Bengaluru's Victoria hospital, when she travelled in a car bearing the iconic 'two-leaf' flag. Krishnagiri police also issued a notice to Sasikala, warning her against using the AIADMK flag on her car. The police notice states that Sasikala cannot use the party flag “since it’s a violation of law”
However, when she arrived at the border, she had changed her car and continued her travel with the flag. According to reports, the car belongs to the AIADMK member who has legal rights to use the AIADMK flag. It also caused major shock to the AIADMK leaders by using the car of the party member. Sasikala went to the temple and offered prayers and while she was offering prayers, she wears party’s cloth around her, which further shocked the leaders. She got welcome at 56 points installed by her supporters and she would stop by at every point and accept the royal welcome from the supporters. All this incident provides panic for the AIADMK leaders.
Can ‘Chinnamma’ be the Amma of Chennai?
Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK and the BJP will fight the state election this year together, revealed by BJP chief JP Nadda earlier in Tamil Nadu. This is the first time the BJP has formally announced it would fight the state election with the AIADMK. Earlier the party says “There is no question of readmitting Sasikala into the party. Sentiments of our partymen are against her.”
But by seeing the popularity of ‘Chinamma’ and her ‘wait and see’ could take an interesting turn. In an separate incident, Tamil Nadu government detained the properties of VN Sudhakaran and J Illavarasi, relatives of Sasikala and co-convicts in the disproportionate assets case in acquiescence with 2017 Supreme Court order.