Saturday 19 April 2014
News updated at 2:53 PM IST
Weather
Max: 35.4°C
Min : 22.5°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Jayalalitha expels Sasikala, 13 others

Chennai, Dec 19, DHNS:

No reason cited as partymen told to shun the expelled

In a major shakeup in the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) in Tamil Nadu, party supremo and Chief Minister Jayalalitha on Monday expelled her long-time friend and confidante V K Sasikala from the party.

PTI file photo

Sasikala’s husband M Natarajan and 12 others of their family were also expelled and relieved of all party posts.

Jayalalitha’s action was a total stunner as her party TV channel ‘Jaya TV’ flashed her decision on expelling  Sasikala Natarajan, her closest aide for over 20 years, and who along with her was acquitted in the ‘TANSI land deal’ case by the Supreme Court in 2003.

A party statement said besides the duo others expelled from the party are: Divakar of Mannargudi (close to the native place of  Sasikala’s family in composite Thanjavur district), T T V Dinakaran, V Bhaskaran, V N Sudhakaran, Dr S Venkatesh, M Ramachandran (M. Natarajan’s brother), Thiru. Eravanan, ‘Adyar’ Mohan who manages a distillery on Chennai’s outskirts, Kulothungan, Raja Rajan, T V Mahadevan and Thangamani.


“All party-men are directed not to have any truck or any contact whatsoever with all these expelled persons,” Jayalalitha said in a statement.  She cited no reasons for her action. Sources, however, say that Sasikala-Natarajan’s alleged “undue interference” in the administration, transfers and postings, was a major factor.

The list of the expelled reads like a who-is-who of the powerful OBC ‘Thevar’ community to which Sasikala belongs. Their closeness to Jayalalitha won the AIADMK an unedifying sobriquet as a ‘pro-Thevar party’, particularly in the South.

As  the AIADMK chief’s close confidante, Sasikala was considered a ‘power behind the throne’. It was only once, after the 1996  poll drubbing, did Jayalalitha admit to the role of Sasikala and her family in the poll defeat. 

Sources said the first signs of the Jayalalitha-Sasikala rift  surfaced when ‘Amma’ deposed before a Bangalore special judge in the Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets case.

Intelligence reports had reached Jayalalitha that Natarajan was allegedly trying to take control of the party, heightening the intra-party tussle between Sasikala and her, sources said, adding, the bureaucratic shuffling almost every week was its fallout. Complaints of alleged extortion by Natarajan’s men had also reached the chief minister.

Sasikala is said to have left the Poes Garden residence to another home on the suburbs. Many partymen welcomed Jayalalitha’s decision, saying it would consolidate her hold over party affairs. It would also help the AIADMK to shed its ‘pro-Thevar’ tag and emerge stronger as a more inclusive party as it was in MGR’s time, sources added. 


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Runners, wearing jackets from the 2013 Boston Marathon, add their message to a cloth banner after...

Runners, wearing jackets from the 2013 Boston Marathon, add their message to a cloth banner after...

Yesenia Del Carmen 8, carries a cross reading 'No to the Deportations,' 'as she and her...

Yesenia Del Carmen 8, carries a cross reading 'No to the Deportations,' 'as she and her...

South Sudanese fleeing an attack on the South Sudanese town of Rank, rest during arrival at a...

South Sudanese fleeing an attack on the South Sudanese town of Rank, rest during arrival at a...

A sand sculpture of Simon Zelotes preaching the gospel is seen during Holy Week celebrations in...

A sand sculpture of Simon Zelotes preaching the gospel is seen during Holy Week celebrations in...

Rescue workers operate near floats where the capsized passenger ship 'Sewol' sank, during the...

Rescue workers operate near floats where the capsized passenger ship 'Sewol' sank, during the...

Pilgrims light candles held in orange skins on Good Friday in Tanarandy Mission April 18, 2014...

Pilgrims light candles held in orange skins on Good Friday in Tanarandy Mission April 18, 2014...

Leaked oil is seen on the surface of the sea near the site where the capsized passenger ship...

Leaked oil is seen on the surface of the sea near the site where the capsized passenger ship...

Firefighters stand near the remains of beachfront homes which caught fire in Sea Isle City, New...

Firefighters stand near the remains of beachfront homes which caught fire in Sea Isle City, New...

In this Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, file photo, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri attends the NCAA...

In this Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, file photo, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri attends the NCAA...

Women adjust their outfits as they prepare to take part in a ritual dance during a Gaga ceremony...

Women adjust their outfits as they prepare to take part in a ritual dance during a Gaga ceremony...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523