Sasikala Getting Special Privileges In Jail, Karnataka CM Orders Probe

The AIADMK General Secretary’s privileges include special menu cooked by special chefs in a separate kitchen. She is alleged to have bribed the entire jail staff, including the Director General of Prisons.

Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has ordered a high-level probe into allegations that AIADMK General Secretary Sasikala was being provided special privileges in the Parappana Agrahara Central Jail in Bengaluru.

“We have taken serious cognisance of the allegations of irregularities in Bengaluru Central Prison and have ordered a high-level enquiry,” Siddaramaiah disclosed.

There was uproar in both Tamil Nadu and Karnataka following a report by Karnataka Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Prisons Roopa Moudgil that Sasikala was being provided special privileges.

The DIG stated in her report that Sasikala had paid Rs. 2 crore as bribe to Karnataka Director General of Prisons (DGP) Satyanarayana Rao and other jail staff for allowing the AIADMK leader special privileges. “As a reward for bribing the prison authorities from Rao to jail warden, Sasikala gets special menu daily, cooked by special chefs in a special kitchen near the women’s cell,” Roopa is said to have mentioned in the report.

The DIG also stated that the AIADMK General Secretary was getting royal treatment in the women’s cell, where she has been lodged to serve her sentence after getting sentenced in the disproportionate assets case.

While DGP Satyanarayana Rao has termed the charges baseless, Roopa has asserted that she is ready for a high-level probe to prove the irregularities at the high profile Bengaluru prison.

Apart from the Sasikala’s issue, the DIG’s report also listed that 18 of the 25 inmates, who were randomly tested for taking drugs, reported positive. She also mentioned that Abdul Karim Telgi, who was arrested in the sensational counterfeit stamps case, has three to four helpers for massaging his legs and shoulders. He was allowed helpers by a court six months back when he was using a wheelchair. But the facilities haven’t been withdrawn, the report pointed out.

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Sasikala Becomes Ordinary Prisoner; All Privileges Withdrawn

The argument AIADMK (Amma) General Secretary had with DIG Roopa over privileges has proved counterproductive. As a result, all facilities that Sasikala was enjoying have come crashing down.

Bengaluru: All special privileges granted to ruling AIADMK (Amma) General Secretary, VK Sasikala, inside the Parappana Agrahara Central Jail, Bengaluru, have been withdrawn with immediate effect.

Her personal wardrobe has been taken away and she is now dressed as an ordinary prisoner. From the five separate rooms kept at her disposal, the VIP prisoner has been moved to an ordinary prison cell.  She is having to consume regimented food made available to all prisoners.

The transformation has come about following an uproar, not just in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu but all over the country, that jailed Sasikala has been enjoying special privileges in the central prison in exchange of Rs. 2 crore bribe that she had allegedly paid to Director General of Prisons Satyanarayana Rao and his prison staff. The allegations were part of a sensational report by Prisons DIG Roopa, who has since been transferred to the Traffic Department.

The Karnataka Government led by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah acted with alacrity and put a stop to all the special facilities being provided to AIADMK (Amma) faction leader.   More: Sasikala Getting Special Privileges In Jail, Karnataka CM Orders Probe

DIG Roopa’s report had recounted that Sasikala’s privileges included a special kitchen, meeting room, special room for watching TV, a spare room and separate bathroom facility, apart from an expensive cot, bed, sofa, refrigerator, washing machine, kitchenware and a long veranda for walking.

Five women prisoners were assigned to Sasikala for cooking and other services. Likewise, a special doctor was appointed exclusively for Sasikala. She was even allowed visitors including TTV Dinakaran, her nephew and Deputy General Secretary of the ruling Amma faction, who kept her posted about the ongoing political developments in Tamil Nadu and elsewhere. Sasikala’s visitors were also provided coffee, tea and snacks during their visit.

After DGP Satyanarayana Rao condemned reports that he and his staff were providing special privileges in exchange of monetary gains, social media has come alive with videos of facilities provided to the AIADMK General Secretary. The videos corroborated Roopa’s charges and in one of them, Sasikala is seen walking draped in an expensive-looking night suite and holding a bag.

It may be recalled that in February 2017, Sasikala was jailed for four years by the Supreme Court in the disproportionate income case in which late J Jayalalithaa was also an accused. The case against the late Chief Minister was dropped following her demise.

In an interesting aside, DIG Roopa was quite shocked during her inspection on seeing all the privileges being extended to Sasiskala. When she started shooting videos of everything using her cell phone, Sasikala got angry and entered into an argument with the DIG. The VIP prisoner even threatened Roopa, declaring that she knows everyone including the Karnataka CM and would get her transferred, according to prison sources.

There are reports that the Karnataka Home Department has proposed to the government to shift Sasikala from Bangalore to Tumkur Jail.

Meanwhile, a PIL has been filed with the High Court bench in Madurai against Tamil Nadu Chief Minister EK Palanisamy and Ministers D Srinivas, Sengottayan, Selluru Raju and Kamaraj. The petitioner, Sri Villiputtur, son of former MLA Tamarakanni, has sought their dismissal as they had violated the principles of their oath taking.  The court will decide on August 1 if the petition is worth hearing.  More: No Nonsense Karnataka Jails DIG Transferred

Kongunadu Makkal Kachi General Secretary ER Easwaran has on Tuesday appealed to the Karnataka High Court to take suo moto cognisance of the case and hear it.

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AIADMK‘S Troubles Appear Never Ending

A day after a sting operation by two TV channels revealed that AIADMK Sasikala faction paid money to MLAs to vote in their favour, a fake Rajya Sabha ID card was recovered from the middleman in the EC bribery case, giving a chance to DMK to step up its attack.

New Delhi: Giving yet another shock to the AIADMK government, a fake Rajya Sabha ID card has been recovered from Sukesh Chandrasekhar, the middle man in the EC bribery case, which involves TTV Dhinakaran, the nephew of Sasikala Natarajan.

While, a sting operation carried by two TV channels revealed that the AIADMK faction under VK Sasikala paid money to MLAs to sway votes in their favour ahead of the floor test in the State Assembly, freshly the issue of fake ID card are ringing danger bells to Edappadi government.

Already the DMK has sprung into action and is getting ready to submit representations to Governor and President of India on this issue. The fresh revelation will only be a shot in the arm to DMK to prove dishonest ways AIADMK faction is following to retain power.

The fresh revelation is related to the cash-for-symbol controversy during the by-election of RK Nagar. Chandrasekhar was arrested earlier in connection with this.

The Delhi Police which is investigating the case already established the bribery link, now the fresh revelation made the police case stronger against the accused. The police have added the investigative agency to add sections 467 of the Indian Penal Code, which is related to forgery and has a maximum sentence of 10 years.

Now, along with Chandrasekar, even Dhinakaran and others are in a soup, as this is considered more serious involving security.

Though Dhinakaran is out on bail, the cash for symbol case is only getting murkier. The police sources said that Dhinakaran was willing to pay ₹ 50 crore to get the AIADMK party symbol and appropriate late Jayalalithaa’s legacy.

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AIDMK MLAs Were Purchased Ahead Of Trust Vote

A leading news channel’s sting operation proved that money power played crucial role prior to TN Trust Vote which was held in February.

Chennai: Yes, money power is once again on screen in politics which dominated the democratic mandate. In TN politics, we have seen a lot of political stunts after the demise of Jayalalithaa, mainly the split in ruling party as two groups, OPS and EPS.

Main group headed in the Assembly by E.Palamiswamy under leadership of Sasikala won the trust vote. The opposition leader and DMK’s Stalin described as rigged. He often moved to High Court demanding a fresh trust vote which was then dismissed. Now the case moved to Supreme Court which is considering the issue.

Meantime, a leading news channel of India (Times Now) operated a sting operation on the Stalin’s allegations. Two MLAs belonging to AIDMK were caught in the operation who said they were bribed prior to trust vote adding strength to Stalin’s allegation.

MLA Saravanan, who won from Madurai said that he was offered ₹ 1 crore for trust vote. The same MLA also alleged that he was held captive in Resorts by Sasikala group during that time and dramatically escaped later.

Now with this sting operation, we have to see how Supreme Court reacts in this case. Whatever the result may be it is being established that money has changed hands before the trust vote.

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Is Tamil Nadu Heading Towards Political Crisis Again?

Sasikala-Dhinakaran duo is preparing to rock E Palanisamy boat by encouraging MLAs to cross over to their side deserting the ruling faction. EPS had reiterated his advice to Dhinakaran to keep off the party.

Chennai: Tamil Badu politics are again in the news as 21 MLAs’ from Edappadi Palanisamy (EPS) camp met Dhinakaran at his residence on Tuesday.  As this development comes on the heels of Dhinakaran meeting his aunt and party chief VK Sasikala in Bengaluru jail on Monday, speculations are rife that more MLAs’ might join his camp.

However, the government headed by Edappadi Palanisamy distanced itself from Dhinakaran, indicating a rift growing between the two camps. Analysts feel that this might threaten the stability of TN government.

Dinakaran was released on bail from New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on June 1. He was arrested for trying to bribe an Election Commission official to secure the AIADMK’s official two leaves symbol.

Before leaving for Parappana Agrahara prison in Bengaluru to meet his aunt, Dhinakaran said, “From April 19 or 20, a few members of the party due to some of their fears said TTV Dhinakaran and his family should remain out of the party. Because of which, I stayed away from the party for the last 45 days but there has not been any progress.”

He went to meet Sasikala to discuss current developments in the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK)-Amma. Some reports said that Sasikala advised Dhinakaran to wait for two months before taking any major decision.

Meanwhile, it is also being reported that the MLAs’ met Dhinakaran as none of the promises that were made during their stay in the resort was fulfilled and they want him to assure them about it.

While the government led by EPS took a stand that they have nothing to do with either Dhinakaran or Sasikala, rumours are rife that EPS might be sent home as many MLAs’ are ready to defect to Dhinakaran- Sasikala faction.  If this turns out to be true, it will certainly bring down the government.

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Dinakaran Says He Would Take Charge Of AIADMK, Meets Sasikala At Jail

Sasikala’s nephew Dinakaran, who is on bail in attempt to bribe Election Commission official case, has created a controversy over his plans to take the reins of the party again. Palanisamy camp has asked to keep away.
Dhinakaran Says He Would Take Charge Of AIADMK, Meets Sasikala At Jail

Chennai:  AIADMK (Amma) deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran, who got bail in cash for symbol scam seems to be back into the political arena. Dinakaran who was away from the party for some time before going to jail now is exuding confidence and is talking about uniting the party.

Speaking to a Tamil Channel on Monday, Dinakaran said, “I, the deputy general secretary of the party, am going to meet the general secretary to understand how I should take the party ahead.  A few members of the party due to some fears said that myself and my family should remain out of the party. Because of which, I stayed away from the party for the last 45 days and there was no progress. After speaking to many people I came to know that Panneerselvam might not even join the party. I, as the deputy general secretary, feel that the party needs to grow and it needs to be strengthened.”

Later, he left for Parappara Agrahara prison in Bengaluru to meet party general secretary Sasikala and discuss the future course of action for the party.

Meanwhile, AIADMK leadership distanced itself from Dinakaran and said the party and the government had nothing to do with him.

Seventeen ministers met at the Tamil Nadu Secretariat on Monday after which Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami, Finance Minister D Jayakumar spoke to media and said that Dhinakaran should stick to the stand that he had taken before he left Chennai. They also said that then he said that he would respect our wishes and keep away from the party.

Jayakumar also added that the state government is running smoothly. “We have been forced to come out and reiterate that our stand remains unchanged. We stick to our decision that he has nothing to do with the party,” said Jayakumar. However, the state FM refused to answer a question on why 10 MLAs had accompanied Dinakaran to Parappana Agrahara Central Prison in Bengaluru to visit Sasikala.

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Sasikala Files Review Petition In SC

Sasikala Natarajan, AIADMK Amma) General Secretary, has filed review petition in the apex court arguing that anti-corruption law is not applicable in her case.

New Delhi: AIDMK leader Sasikala, who is in a Bengaluru jail, filed a review petition in Supreme Court on the verdict which found her guilty and sentenced for four years of imprisonment in graft case.

Along with Sasikala, Jayalalitha’s foster son, Sudhakaran and widow of Sasikala’s elder brother, Elavarsi, also filed review petitions challenging the decision of the trial court in Karnataka.

In the 19-year old Disproportionate Assets (DA) case, the trial court has convicted all the three along with late Jayalalitha.

Sasikala, who was in jail for the past 11 weeks, said in her petition that prevention of corruption law is not applicable to her as proceedings against Amma had ended due to her demise. Irrespective of court findings, she should be set free and let her go back to TN to run the party, Sasikala felt in her petition.

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Is Sasikala Going Into Political Oblivion?

With Dinakaran going to jail and nobody else to depend upon, Sasikala’s fall seems a reality. Sasikala is slowly becoming a non-entity to the party and the people, as leaders stopped coming to her darshan at her prison.

Bengaluru: The turn of events that are taking place in AIADMK are only leading to more disappointments to Chinnama (Sasikala). She is being shattered by these events.

Sasikala, a close aide to former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and the party’s general secretary soon after Jaya’s death, now seems to have lost the game. The way the events are turning, there is every chance that people might forget her in the coming days.

Especially, the recent developments involving her nephew TTV Dinakaran have been a major blow to her morale that she had been keeping up from the day one at the Parappara Agrahara Prison.

According to reports, Sasikala refused to eat dinner on Tuesday night and asked jail staff to inform her about the latest news on her nephew Dinakaran. She reportedly appeared tense. Around midnight, she got the news that Dinakaran was arrested by the Delhi police for allegedly trying to bribe Election Commission of India to retain two leaves symbol. Hearing the news, she collapsed on her bed, claimed some reports.

Though she came out of her cell the next morning, she refused to have breakfast. She is a chronic diabetic patient. The jail doctors suggested her not to skip breakfast, keeping her health in view. However, Sasikala refused to heed, and reportedly said that she was not in a mood to eat anything.

A top prison official, speaking to the national channel on condition of anonymity said that there was a remarkable change in her behavior, when she came to know that the Delhi police arrested the alleged broker Sukesh Chandrashekhar. Sasikala, who appeared confident till that day, became pale once she came to know about the arrest, the official said.

Before the merger talks between OPS and EPS factions came into focus, the official said that a lot of top AIADMK leaders and ministers used to wait outside the jail just to meet Chinnamma. However, she used to meet only a few of them, as there used to be a steady flow of high-profile visitors from Chennai, he explained.

Once she was removed from the post of AIADMK general secretary, all of it came to a standstill, he said.

The officer said that not even a single visitor came to visit her in the last one week. This is making her restless, he added. She appeared confident when Dinakaran was out, she thought he would help her and keep the party in his grip. With Dinakaran’s arrest, her hopes seem to have shattered. She seemed alone and helpless, the officer said.

Meanwhile, sources say that she is still getting home-cooked food, as a local AIADMK leader took that responsibility. However, the official said that he was not sure if the home cooked food would continue to arrive at the jail in the future.

Remarking that Sasikala had never expected such turn of events, he said, she lost all her confidence. In the initial months, hundreds of AIADMK leaders from different parts of Tamil Nadu used to visit her to express their solidarity. But now, the flow has literally stopped, he said.

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Fast Decisions By TN Government Post-Sasikala

The Intelligence chief who was shunted out immediately after EPS took over as CM was appointed in the same post after ouster of Sasikala.

Chennai: Keeping pace with the fast changing political developments in Tamil Nadu, the reversal of decisions taken earlier is also quickly taking place.  The EPS government which refused to continue K N Satyamurthy, as Intelligence chief two months ago, appointed him in the same post now.

The then newly appointed Palanyswamy government shunted out Satyamurthy from the post of Intelligence chief and appointed Davidson in his place. Incidentally, Davidson had earlier served as an IG- Intelligence for a few months in 2015. Thus on February 13, after being shunted out  K.N Sathyamurthy went on leave.

After the stage was set to oust Sasikala and her nephew Dinakaran from the party, the government’s  additional Principal Secretary Niranjan Mardi announced the appointment of Satyamurthy as IG intelligence.

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Sasikala: Centre’s Unseen Hand In The Fall Of Mannargudi Family

The blow by blow account of the fall of Sasikala and an unseen thread in the series of the bizarre developments in Tamil Nadu politics? Is Modi setting the tune?

New Delhi: Is there a method in the madness being witnessed in Tamil Nadu politics? Is the BJP fishing in troubled waters in Chennai? Is there any invisible force that has been making the democratic institutions work in tandem with the powers that be to disable Sasikala in her strategy to grab power and properties that belonged to Jayalalithaa?

A line is certainly discernible if one looks at the series of developments that took place from the day J Jayalalithaa was taken to Apollo Hospitals in August last year. One can list the series of happenings for better understanding and draw one’s own conclusions.

1) Sasikala did not allow any visitor, including Chief Minister O Panneerselvam (OPS) and Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, to see Jayalalithaa at Apollo. Sasikala’s husband Natarajan, nephew Dinakaran and other members of the notorious ‘Mannargudi Mafia’ who were thrown out by Jayalalithaa had returned to her Poes Garden residence when she was at hospital.

2) After Jayalalithaa breathed her last, OPS was allowed by Sasikala to continue be the Chief Minister. He was given oath of office by acting Governor C Vidya Sagar Rao in a ceremony that was kept under wraps.

3) Sasikala imitates Jayalalithaa by emerging into the balcony of Poes Garden building just as the former Chief Minister used to do and waive briefly at the followers waiting on the roads and move back in a slow, dignified steps  into the house. People started talking about Chinnamma in place of Amma who is no more.

4) Sasikala gets herself elected as General Secretary of AIADMK and sits in Jayalalithaa’s chair at the party office.

5) Sasikala manages to make OPS submit his resignation for the post of Chief Minister. OPS proposes her name as leader of AIADMK legislature party. She decides the date and time of her swearing-in as Chief Minister without consulting the acting Governor.

6) Governor Rao develops cold feet and stays out in Mumbai for four days when hectic political activity was going on in Chennai. Then he visits Delhi to attend a wedding, meets Home Minister Rajnath Singh and goes back to Mumbai. Sasikala and her supporters become restive. They start making comments against the Centre.

7) Income Tax sleuths raid the residences and offices of Sekhar Reddy, a contractor and a member of TTD, and his friends. The IT officials cease  ₹ 100 crore of cash in ₹2,000 notes. Reddy, who is considered close to Sasikala, was taken into custody. The residences of Government Chief Secretary Rama Mohan Rao and his son were raided and incriminating documents were reportedly confiscated.

8) OPS goes to Marina beach and sits in meditation at Jayalalithaa’s memorial. After that he tells media persons that he was forced to give his resignation and he is prepared to take it back.

He expressed doubts about the role of Sasikala and her relatives in Jayalalithaa’s demise. He says a full- fledged probe is essential to establish truth

9) Sasikala organised a camp at a garden resort in the outskirts of Chennai where more than 120 AIADMK MLAs were lodged. The MLAs were made incommunicado by taking away their mobiles. Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Thambi Dorai supports Sasikala Group.

10) Governor Rao returns to Chennai. The EC disputed the election of Sasikala as General Secretary of the party since it was not in accordance with the party constitution. Governor meets OPS and then Sasikala. OPS requests the Governor to give him an opportunity to withdraw his resignation and time to prove his majority. Allegations of FERA (Foreign Exchange Regulation Act) violation levelled against Dinakaran, a nephew of Sasikala. Governor decides to invite Sasikala faction to form Government.

11) The Supreme Court of India takes up a pending case of Disproportionate Assets against Jayalalithaa and Sasikala. SC pronounces Sasikala guilty and sentences her for four years of imprisonment. The apex court does not give its pronouncement on Jayalalithaa since she is no more.

12) Her hopes to take over the administration along with the party, a la Jayalalithaa, dashed, Sasikala goes for Plan-B and gets E Palani Swamy (EPS) nominated as leader of AIADMK legislature party. Governor Rao administers oath to EPS and al the ministers that were there in Jaya’s Cabinet except OPS. EPS was given ten days to prove his majority on the floor of the House. The Chief Ministers offers to move confidence motion much earlier than the deadline.

13) Madhusudanan, chairman of the party’s presidium, crosses to OPS camp with a couple of MLSs who escaped from the resort. Some more MLAs and MPs declare their allegiance to OPS. But Sasikala has large number of the MLAs who constitute a majority in the Assembly.

14) Sasikala appoints her nephew Dinakaran as Deputy General Secretary of the party before going to Bengaluru jail. OPS objects. But the official group headed by EPS accepts.

15) EPS wins confidence vote without any difficulty. OPS could not muster numbers beyond single digit. But there was a public disapproval and anger that was perceptible. OPS is seen as a genuine successor to Jayalalithaa whom the founder of the party trusted. Film celebrity Kamal Hassan makes no bones about his opposition to Sasikala faction and support to OPS.

16) The EC announced by-election schedule for RK Puram constituency in the city which has fallen vacant on account of Jayalalithaa’s death. The polling was scheduled on April 12. The EPS faction, which is called AIADMK ( Amma) fields Dinakaran as its candidate. Madhusudansn files his nomination as a candidate sponsored by OPS who is heading the faction called AIADMK (Purutchi Talaivi). Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar also enters the fray. She planned to launch a party but gave  up the idea when her brother opposed it. She canvasses in the name of Jayalalithaa. The Income Tax authorities conduct raids and confiscate cash being distributed to the voters. Tamil Nadu Health Minister Vijaya Kumar’s residence and office were searched. ₹ 5 crore were found with the Minister. A total of ₹ 100 crore were found in the hands of various operators who were distributing money at the rate of ₹4,000 per voter. The EC had concluded that Dinakaran has bribed about 80 percent of the RK Nagar’s voters. The election was postponed.

17) The EC was about to give its decision on the election symbol of two leaves when a broker by name Sukhesh Chandrashekhar of Bengaluru origin was taken into custody by the police in a 5-Star hotel in South Delhi with a cash amounting to ₹1.3 crore. Sukhesh has reportedly told the police that the money was given by Dinakaran as part of a deal to bribe the EC and get two leaves symbol for him. The police have later confirmed that the actual amount agreed upon was ₹ 50 crore and they have also identified an official of the EC who was supposed to have been bribed. The arrest and prosecution of Dinakaran is on the cards.

18) Dinakaran has gone to Bengaluru on Tuesday to meet his aunt Sasikala who has been languishing in jail. He has not been allowed to meet her. But in Chennai, a revolt by Sasikala loyalists was brewing back home. There were reports on Monday itself suggesting that the Chief Minister and his Cabinet colleagues were keen on dislodging the tainted duo of Sasikala and Dinakaran from their heads and reconstitute the party by purging the aunt and nephew. There were moves afoot for a dialogue between EPS and OPS so that a merger can take place and the party is saved and the election  symbol restored. A Cabinet Inister has told the media that talks are going on in this direction. A committee will constituted for a constructed discussion.

19) OPS addresses a media conference on Tuesday and lays two conditions for merger talk. The first condition was that Sasikala and Dinakaran should be dumped altogether. The second condition was to get the death of Jayalalithaa thoroughly probed.

20) Dinakaran comes up with a formula according to which he would quit from the post of Deputy General Secretary of the party and Sasikala would continue to be the party chief. He was particular that there should be no compromise with OPS.

21)The Cabinet members and other important leaders of the ruling group meet under the chairmanship of EPS for three hours. The official group accepts the first condition of OPS, that is to oust Sasikala and Dinakaran from the party. The second condition should not be difficult to accept.

22) After a lookout notice was issued on Wednesday to prevent Dinakaran from leaving the country, he alleged that everything is part of the larger conspiracy by the BJP. He said he would abide by the decisions taken by the party.

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Sasikala To Be Dumped: EPS, OPS On Merger Mode

AIADMK is once again in a turmoil which may result in the ouster of Sasikala and Dinakaran and merger of both the factions.

Chennai: A massive twist is taking place in AIADMK potboiler making the Tamil drama more and more absorbing. It seems the endgame has started for Sasikala who is lodged in a Bengaluru jail. Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dinakaran have been cornered by the majority of the AIADMK MLAs. They made it clear on Tuesday that they would go with Chief Minister E Palani Samy (EPS) and former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam (OPS).

The Cabinet met for three hours on Tuesday evening and decided to oust Sasikala and her coterie from the party. Finance Minister Vijayakumar announced that it was an unanimous decision. Twenty Ministers have decided to dump the aunt-nephew duo. They have realised that the party cannot carry the burden of the corruption charges faced by Sasikala and Dinakaran.

It means the end of the reign of Mannargudi Mafia.
OPS who landed in Chennai in the afternoon has put forth two conditions for talks with EPS group on the the question of merger. The first condition was that Sasikala and her relatives should be out of the party. The second condition was that there should be a probe in to the circumstances that led to J Jayalalithaa’s death. The first condition was almost conceded by the ruling faction. It remains to be seen what kind of understanding will emerge in the talks between the groups headed by EPS and OPS. It is clear that the BJP is in favour of OPS leading the State.

Even now, about 20 MLSs are said to be loyal to Sasikala. Their number has been dwindling by hour. Dinakaran has floated a formula in the afternoon according to which he would resign from the position of Deputy General Secretary of the party and Sasikala would continue as the General Secretary. But it was not accepted by the ruling faction of the AIADMK.

The same leaders who ‘elected’ Sasikala as General Secretary of AUADMK now says the election was a fraud. They argue that the 1.5 crore workers of the party should elect the GS. The move to remove Sasikala and her supporters is backed by 122 MLAs. The AIADMK has a total strength of 138 MLAs as against 87 MLAs of the DMK. The magic number needed for a Government to survive is 118. Things have started boiling after Dinakaran was accused of trying to bribe an official of the Election Commission of India. An alleged friend of Dinakaran, Sukhesh Chandrashekhar, was caught by the police at a 5-Star hotel in South Delhi with a cash of ₹ 1.3 crore. Dinakaran was also accused of distributing money to the voters of RK Nagar constituency where a by-poll should have taken place on April 12. The by-election has since been postponed following reports that some ₹ 100 crore was distributed to the voters in the constituency where Dinakaran is a candidate of AIADMK (Amma).

Thambi Dorai, Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha, who asked Sasikala to take over as Chief Minister before she went to jail, has changed his stance. He is now one of those leaders who are demanding that Sasikala and her mafia should be ousted from the party. So is the case with Vijay Kumar, Finance Minister, who was a staunch supporter of Sasikala and now the leader of the group of Ministers baying for her blood.

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OPS Attacks Sasikala-Dinakaran Duo, Says They Must Go

OPS said on Tuesday that the Sasikala-Dinakaran duo must go for the sake of the party’s unity. He reiterated that he would get Jaya’s death probed.

Chennai: “Amma-MGR legacy is most important for us,” said former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam (OPS) here on Tuesday. He said that there is legitimate evidence to prove that TTV Dinakaran bribed the voters of KR Nagar. OPS told media persons that Dinakaran also tried to bribe the Election Commission. He said they don’t want a family to run the party and the Government. The party works for the people and not for the family. He reiterated that he would get the circumstances that led to the demise of J Jayalalithaa probed. The doubts must be cleared and truth established, he affirmed.

OPS has reminded that Amma had sacked Sasikala and Dinakaran when she felt they were misusing the proximity they enjoyed with her. All the members of Sasikala’s family, derisively called Mannargudi Mafia, were thrown out of Poes Garden. The gangsters entered Jaya’s residence only after her death. He said ‘Amma’s legacy is foremost for us.’  He said Amma’s betrayer will have to go. ‘We wish to follow Anna’s path,’ he reaffirmed.

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Operation ‘Dump Sasikala’ Is In Works In TN

The Tamil Badu political drama continues to unfold with a new dimension being added every now and then. A move to distance Sasikala and Dinakaran from the party and Government in order to achieve unity is afoot.

Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E Palanisamy (EPS) and former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam (OPS) have been actively considering the merger of the two factions in order to achieve unity and also the election symbol of the AIADMK, the two leaves.

The primary condition put forward by OPS for a merger was that Sasikala and her nephew TTV Dinakaran must be kept away from the party as well as the Government. OPS has got the backing of 12 MLAs and 12 MPs. He is also popular in Tamil Nadu as he is perceived as a leader who stood for J Jayalalithaa whenever she had legal problem. He is considered as a greater loyalist, than Sasikala, of Jayalalithaa. The fact that he opposed Sasikala and Dinakaran had enhanced his popular image as the general public have only contempt for the aunt and the nephew.

Sengottaiyan, a minister, told media persons on Tuesday morning that negotiations on merger would start in a formal way very soon. The ‘dump Sasikal’ slogan is catching up. The leaders of EPS and OPS factions have realised that with the two tainted persons, Sasikala as party’s general secretary, and Dinakaran, deputy general secretary, in control of the party, there is no future for them. They are concerned about the coming elections.

Stalin, acting president of opposition DMK, is naturally upset with the merger talks. He criticised the ruling party for bringing the Government to a standstill.

EPS cannot afford to be seen as distancing from Sasikala at this juncture. She has her hold on the MLAs. The CM has an emergency meeting with his Cabinet colleagues. The drama in Tamil Nadu politics continues unabated with new twists and turns taking place by the hour.

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Revolt Against Sasikala, Dinakaran To Save The Party

Revolt against Sasikala and her nephew Dinakaran is brewing in the official group of the AIADMK. The Ministers are keen on asking Sasikala and Dinakaran to step down from positions in order to save the party.

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Chennai: AIADMK (Amma-Sasikala)’s image has been tarnished with one scandal after the other. The latest bribegate that exploded in the face of Dinakaran has provoked senior politicians into revoking against the family that controls the party.

AIADMK (Sasikala) faction is being haunted by accusations and allegations either by the other faction of the party or the opposition. Amidst the allegations, rumours are rife that leaders belonging to Sasi faction want the family to resign from  their party posts. There is a revolt in making.

After ‘cash for votes’ scandal which led to countermanding of RK Nagar by-poll,  things have taken a serious turn when allegations were levelled against Sasi’s nephew and party deputy general secretary TTV Dinakaran bribed officials to get two leaves symbol. The Delhi crime branch police has booked Dinakaran in the bribery case.

The Election Commission froze the party symbol ‘two leaves’ ahead of RK Nagar by-poll as both the factions claimed it and there was a clamour by  each faction claiming to be  the real legatee of Late CM J Jayalalithaa. In this context, a mediator named Sukhesh Chandrasekhar assured Sasi faction that they can keep the symbol if he was paid Rs. 60 crores. Dinakaran is said to be in direct touch with the accused and handed him the money to pay to the officials. Sukhesh is supposed to be close to politicians in not only Tamil Nadu but also in Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh. Police arrested him earlier also for cheating people. Hence, he was arrested and questioned by the Delhi police.

The accused in the case would be produced in the court by police on Monday.The police recovered Rs. 1.3 crores from the accused.

With both factions fought desperately to retain the party symbol before the Election Commission froze the symbol. As the EC refused to allocate the symbol to any of the factions, they resorted to various means to make their symbols look similar to the original party symbol. The Sasi faction denying allegations of bribery demanded proof.

However, the State Election Commission said they’ve not received any report. The Election Commission in Delhi is supposed to meet both the factions of the party on Monday. But on the eve of the latest developments, one has to wait and see what the EC would do now.

Meanwhile, there are rumours that the senior leaders in the Sasi faction are rebelling against Sasi and Dinakaran and gave two days for them to quit their party posts in AIADMK.

The leaders want to unite both factions of the party, as the split is costing the party dearly. The leaders told the media that they would be meeting Dinakaran on Tuesday to ask both him and his aunt to step down from the party posts.

The senior ministers and leaders who were worried about the party’s image being badly hit and tarnished want to patch up things with Panneerselvam camp to save the party.

Once Sasikala leaves the party, Pannerselvam will not have a problem to come back into the party, said one of the ministers. The minister also said that once the family is sidelined, discussions with Panneer camp would be launched.

Just a day after the demand by leaders was made, the issue of bribery came into light. Probably things would go easier for them in light of new developments.

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Dinakaran Accused Of Bribing The EC For Two Leaves

Dinakaran, Sasikala’s nephew, has been booked by the Delhi’s police for bribing the Election Commission. What is the main allegation?

Chennai/ New Delhi: AIADMK (Amma) General Secretary Sasikala has been accused of encouraging her aide to bribe the Election Commission for retaining the ‘two leaves’ symbol. One person was arrested and an amount of Rs 1.3 crore has been recovered from him. The accused, Sukhebdra Chandrashekhar, has named Sasikala’s nephew Dinakaran in connection with bribery. Chandrashekhar said the money belongs to Dinakaran.

The Delhi police have started investigations against TTV Dinakaran who is a candidate in RK Nagar Assembly by-poll and also the Assistant General Secretary of AIADMK (Amma). Dinakaran. He was booked in bribery scandal.

Dinakaran was earlier accused of bribing the voters by paying Rs. 4,000 for a voter. The RK Nagar by-poll has been postponed due to this scandal. The battle for ‘two leaves’ election symbol appears crucial for both Sasikala and O Panneerselvam camps. The Tamil Nadu’s Crime Branch will be sending a report to the Election Commission of India. The bureaucrats who are supposed to be close to Sasikala group are also being scanned by the investigating agencies.

Sukhesh Chandrashekhar is a notorious character and he has several fraud and cheating cases. He is reportedly close to politicians in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Sukhesh has been arrested by the Delhi police.

The EC has been having issues with Sasikala and her nephew Dinakaran. The EC said earlier that Sasikala’s elevation to the position of party General Secretary is not according to the party’s constitution and hence invalid. The Supreme Court sentenced Sasikala in the Disproportionate Assets case and she was sent to a jail in Bengaluru. Her repeated requests for shifting to Chennai jail have not been accepted by the courts. Sasikala who tried to grab the political legacy as well as the huge properties belonging to J Jayalalithaa, including the Poes Garden residence. Now, on the day when the EC is scheduled to give its decision in the election symbol of ‘two leaves’, the bribe scandal has broken out.

Dinakaran has claimed that he has no connection with the money confiscated or the middleman accused of bribing the EC. He claimed that false allegations are being made against him. He said he would be meeting Sasikala in the course of the day. The Delhi police have filed an FIR (First Information Report) in a court in Delhi against Dinakaran.

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TV. Mahadevan, Sasikala’s Nephew Dies Of Cardiac Arrest

Sasikala’s other nephew Mahadevan has succumbed to heart attack near Thanjavur. Sasikala has applied for parole to attend the funeral.

Chennai: Nephew of AIADMK (Amma) General Secretary Sasikala Natarajan, TV Mahadevan died of cardiac arrest around 9 am on Saturday at Kumbakonam.

According to sources, the deceased who had gone to a temple near Thanjavur complained of chest pain and was rushed to a nearby hospital at Kumbakonam where he was declared dead due to cardiac arrest.

Mahadevan has a strong hold in Trichy region and was into real estate business for a few years. Mahadevan was almost like right hand to Sasikala who took care of her during rift with OPS.

Sasikala who was in jail applied for parole to attend the funeral.

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IT Raids Shock Sasikala’s Camp

Sarath Kumar, who recently extended his support to Saiskala camp, became another victim to this IT raids

Chennai: Sensational thing are happening in Jayalalithaa’s State on the eve of by-election in her constituency, RK Nagar here. Sasikala’s camp was shocked with IT raids on Tamil Nadu Health Minister Vijayabhaskar and actor-turned-politician Sarath Kumar ahead of RK Nagar by-poll which was scheduled on April 12th.

Raids which started at 6 am were going on till the afternoon. The places that were raided included properties of Vijayabhaskar at 34 locations. Main allegations against him were distributing cash for voters to vote for AIDMK. Video with 45 sec went viral in social media with three persons belonging to AIADMK distributing money to vote for the ruling party’s candidate and Sasikala’s nephew Dinakaran.

RK Nagar by-poll became necessary due to demise of late Jayalalithaa on 5 December 2026. Dinakaran had rubbished the allegations which are fabricated by the DMK.

Sarath Kumar, who recently extended his support to Saiskala camp, became another victim to this IT raids. Raids wre conducted in Trichy, Poddukottai and in Ministers Estate and details have not been disclosed yet.

As per Tax officials, it was Vijaykumar, who played key role in distributing money to the people of the constituency. All parties took by-poll as a prestige with OPS and Sasikala camps along with Deepa claiming Jaya’s real legacy.
A number of ministers have descended on Vijayabhaskar’s residence. Sasikala’s followers accused the NDA government of trying to finish the party. They said there are a number of allegations against DMK and the group headed by O Panneerselvam pending with the Election Commissio. But the Centre is acting only on the complaints received against the AIADMK owing allegiance to Sasikala, they pointed out.

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Flouting Rules Is Easy For Her

According to the records, former MP, Telugu Desam Party MLC Magunta Srinivasula reddy was amongst the people who met Sasikala.

Bengaluru: For All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(AIADMK)  leader V K Sasikala, rules are only meant for breaking. Though convicted in the disproportionate assets case, she refuses to fall in line.

Sasikala who is serving four year jail sentence in central prison Parappana Agrahara after being convicted in the disproportionate assets case met visitors 12 times in a month, while the rules allow such meetings once in fifteen days, revealed a Right to Information (RTI) query.

The visitors who met Sasikala included her nephews TTV Dinakaran, Vivek J and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Thambidurai. A prominent daily citing the prison records said that though Dinakaran met Sasikala twice, their interaction lasted over 45 minutes. She met all these people between February 16th to March 18th.

According to the records, former MP, Telugu Desam Party MLC Magunta Srinivasula reddy was amongst the people who met Sasikala.

An activist named Narasimha Murthy filed the RTI application and sought the details. Though the officials were reportedly unavailable to comment about the issue, its reported that prison officials suggested that the jailer can use discretion in this regard.

While under trials are entitle to meet visitors once a week as per the Karnataka Prison Manual and Karnataka Prison Rules, convicted people can only have visitors once in a fortnight.

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Sasikala Kept Aside By AIADMK For RK Nagar By-poll

Chennai: Sasikala, General Secretary of AIADMK, now in Jail as a convict in DA case, was set aside by party leaders for RK Nagar by-polls for various reasons.

AIADMK party cadre strongly feels that Chennai voters are anti-Chinnamma as they still believe Sasikala is one of the factors in Amma’s demise. They have sympathy for OPS. Knowing this, AIADMK took care by removing Sasikala’s face and name in posters during election campaign. We can see only late MGR’s and Jayalalithaa’s images displayed in their campaign.

T.Dinakaran, nephew of Sasikala and the candidate of the AIDMK, is said to be scared of using her image on posters and pamphlets, according to AUADMK rival camp candidate (OPS group) E.Madhusudhanan. Whatever may be the reason, Chennai people’s perception is that Chinnamma was responsible for Amma’s death. Surprisingly, posters outside Chennai still feature Sasikala’s image. This is what is called survival and hypocritical strategy, according to political analysts in TN. They will worship Chinnamma once the elections were over, analysts say.

AIADMK has released party’s manifesto on Monday. It included Annadurai, MGR and Amma’s images. This is a conscious decision to simplify things, felt another political analyst.

Sasikala and her family, in the perception of Chennai voters, particularly the youth, are a negative factor as far as this by-election is concerned. The people feel that Sasikala cannot succeed Jayalalithaa in popular esteem. Sasikala faced severe criticism after Amma’s death. Even today, many are of the view that OPS should have been continued as CM since he was a true loyalist of Amma.

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Sasikala Gets ‘Hat’, OPS ‘Electric Pole’

New Delhi: in their fight for late J Jayalalithaa’s RK Nagar seat as well as her political legacy, the warring factions have come up with slight variations in the name of the party. Since the Election Commission on Wednesday disallowed both the factions from using the name of the party and its election symbol, two leaves, they submitted their proposals to the EC. While the faction headed by former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam (OPS) changed the name to Amma AIADMK and the official faction led by Sasikala Natarajan as AIADMK Amma.

The EC ultimately granted the name, AIADMK Puratchi Talaivi Amma. The election symbol OPS faction got is ‘electric Pole’. The Sasikala group was granted the namer, AIADMK Amma and the election symbol of ‘hat’.

The by-poll for RK Nagar seat will be held on April 12. It was necessitated on account of Jayalalithaa’s death on 5 December 2016. E Madhusudanan is the candidate being fielded by OPS group while Sasikala’s nephew Dinakaran is in the fray on behalf of Sasikala group. Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar is contesting as an independent. Gangai Samaram is the BJP candidate.

In the meanwhile super star Rajinikanth has issued a statement on Thursday saying that he would be neutral in the elections. This clarification was needed in the light of the BJP candidate meeting the legendary actor.

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Two leaves Symbol: EC Decision Today

New Delhi: Two groups of AIDMK, one owing allegiance to the jailed Sasikala and the other led by rebel O Panneerselvam (OPS), former chief minister, will argue on the symbol case before EC today here.

Before finalising two leaves symbol as to which group it belongs to, the EC has to announce its decision on the legality of appointing Sasikala as AIDMK party’s General Secretary, whether it is in accordance with the rules and regulations as per the party constitution as amended in 2007.

RK Nagar by-poll will take place on April 12th. EC has to decide which group can use Two Leaves symbol for this election.

Saiskala group is expecting that the the symbol will be allotted to them, citing SP’s internal feud in UP as an example. The war between father and son for the symbol of cycle in recent elections held in UP, the decision was given in favour of the group that enjoyed the support of majority of MLAs. Sasikala is expecting the same in TN as she is fully enjoying the support of majority of AIDMK party MLAs.

On the other hand, OPS claims that party symbol belongs to them and electing Sasikala as General Secretary itself is a dispute and late Jayalalitha appointed him and Madhusudanan as treasurer and Presidium Chairman of the party.

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