March 31st, 2012
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Jayalalithaa revokes Sasikala’s expulsion

jayalalithaa-shashikalaChennai: AIADMK, party General Secretary Jayalalithaa revoked the expulsion of her estranged close aide Sasikala. Since her expulsion Sasikala has been trying to prove her innocence. Sasikala released a statement explaining her innocence and distanced herself from all her relatives who had conspired against Jayalalithaa. In her statement she traced her association with Jayalalithaa since 1984 and said that she had lived in the actor-turned-politician’s Poes Garden residence since 1988.

Jayalalithaa accepted this statement released by Sasikala. “VK Sasikala has sent a letter to me. She had also issued a statement with the same content. I accept the explanation. The disciplinary action against Sasikala is cancelled,” she said.

Sasikala had issued a statement through Jaya TV, on March 28, stating she had snapped ties with all those who had “betrayed”  Jayalalithaa. “It is an unpardonable betrayal by those who claimed to be my relatives and friends to have indulged in activities against Jayalalithaa. Those who betrayed my sister are not needed by me,” Ms. Sasikala had said. “I wanted to reduce the work burden of Jayalalithaa. I did not have any hidden agenda except serving Jayalalithaa. She accepted me as her younger sister,” Sasikala said.

Sasikala had also claimed innocence, saying she came to know about the happenings which were against AIADMK’s interest and conspiracy against Jayalalithaa only after she came out of Poes Garden (Jayalalithaa’s residence) where she had stayed for 24 years.

“This has pained and shocked me,” Sasikala said, adding, all those things happened without her knowledge and this was the “truth.” Jayalalithaa had expelled Sasikala and her relatives from the party membership in December, 2011. This was not the first time that Jaya had distanced herself from Sasikala. After the 1996 poll debacle Jaya had distanced Shashi but that was a short break.



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