Chennai, June 17(BPNS)
Former Interim General Secretary of AIADMK ,V.K.Sasikala in an open defiance and challenge to the party leadership led by Edappady K Palaniswami and O Panneerselvam has spoken to party lower level functionaries at Edappadi, while both leaders who were also former Chief Ministers, had openly objected to her entry and had even passed resolutions against her entry.
It is interesting to note that she had called party cadres while a party meeting was held at Omalur in Edapaddi in the presence of Edappadi K Palaniswami to pass a resolution against her entry into the party.
Sasikala in a leaked telephonic conversation was heard speaking to a local AIADMK functionary, Suresh in Edappadi in which she was speaking to him that she would be back to the party soon. Sasikala was speaking against the style of functioning of Edappadi K Palaniswami and O Pannerselvam in the telephonic conversation.
Suresh was telling her that she was welcome back to the party fold and that the AIADMK cadres numbering 1.5 crore would rally behind her. He said ,”We in Edappadi are waiting for you here.”
Responding to Suresh, Sasikala said, “ I have been getting a lot of wedding invitations from the party functionaries there and I have been sending replies to them and my wishes.”
She also said, “Decades ago after the passing away of Thalaivar(MGR), we took everybody along and there was no discrimination between Janaki faction and Jayalalithaa faction during those days.” She adds, “We did not discriminate anyone on caste lines in the party those days and we have to give party posts to leaders from all communities and if any one in the top behaves in a high- handed way, the party cadres would never accept that.”
It may be noted that the former minister and AIADMK Villupuram district secretary CVe Shanmugham had categorically stated that Sasikala and her relatives will never be allowed entry to the party. The Villupuram district committee of the AIADMK passed a resolution also condemning Sasikala and her wishful thinking of coming back to the party.