Sasikala Natarajan

Sasikala Natarajan is the long term political aide of Jayalalithaa and member of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). Born in Thiruthuraipoondi, Natarajan went on to marry M. Natarajan who was public relations officer in the Tamil Nadu. When her husband lost her job in 1976, she started her own video renting business. She later went on to do video recording of functions as well. In 1980, she was introduced to Jayalalithaa, and she became her official videographer of the latter in all her political and non-political events. Overtime Natarajan and Jayalalithaa developed a close friendship that remained strong till the chief minister's death. Sasikala moved into Jayalalithaa's house at Poes garden in 1988, soon after MGR's death and soon took over as her housekeeper, confidante and poltical aide. She would be seen with Jayalalithaa in all her political rallies and came to be referred as 'chinamma' (little mother).
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Karnataka police officer who alleged VIP treatment for Sasikala in jail transferred

In a report submitted to the Home Department and Director General of Police for Prison Department H N Sathyanarayana Rao, Roopa had alleged that the Prison Department officials were providing VIP treatment to V K Sasikala for a bribe of Rs 2 crore.

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O Panneerselvam meets PM Narendra Modi, seeks funds for drought-hit TN

Panneerselvam said the PM Modi assured he would look into farmer issues in the drought-hit state as well.

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50 years after first Dravidian government in Tamil Nadu, here’s a look at history of AIADMK and others

The rift between Sasikala and Panneerselvam and the overall chaos in the party, highlights all that was wrong with the Dravidian movement

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Fifth column: Sasikala goes to jail

Sasikala went only after trying to portray herself as a martyr.

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Across the aisle: The rise and fall of the AIADMK

Now, after Jayalalithaa’s death, the AIADMK is poised to undergo another self-destructing transformation.

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EC seeks Sasikala reply to plea against her appointment as AIADMK gen secy

The notice was sent to Parappana Agrahara Central Jail in Karnataka where Sasikala is currently imprisoned

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AIADMK vs AIADMK: Now, OPS camp sacks Sasikala and the entire Tamil Nadu cabinet

Tamil Nadu crisis: Now Panneerselvam camp takes on Sasikala, sacks her and the entire Tamil Nadu cabinet that took oath of office on Thursday.

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Tamil Nadu: O Panneerselvam alone for now, AIADMK friends have bigger things in mind

As Edappadi Palaniswami was sworn in as Chief Minister, Panneerselvam’s house came under attack, stoned by men suspected to be supporters of the rival camp.

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Sasikala nominee Palaniswami is new CM, given 15 days to prove majority with him

Palaniswami was administered the oath of office along with 30 ministers in four batches.

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Tamil Nadu crisis: Panneerselvam says he will take forward fight against Sasikala

Flanked by his party leaders, including former state minister K P Munusamy, Panneerselvam thanked his followers and people for supporting him.

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Tamil Nadu crisis: Panneerselvam vows to save AIADMK from Sasikala’s family members

“We will not let the party (AIADMK) go into the hands of a few of V K Sasikala’s family members,” news agency ANI quoted Panneerselvam as saying.

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Kaithi No. 9234: Sasikala sleeps on floor, shares cell in Bengaluru prison

AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala began her four-year jail term on Wednesday evening in connection with the disproportionate assets case.

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Tamil Nadu crisis LIVE updates: Palanisami becomes CM, Vote of Confidence on Feb 18; new govt anti-people, says OPS

Palanisami was administered the oath of office at 4.40 pm this evening. Follow for the latest updates on the Tamil Nadu political crisis.

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Tamil Nadu crisis: O Panneerselvam hopes to increase MLA support, will Governor invite him?

The AIADMK camp led by acting Chief Minister O Panneerselvam is hoping to receive a sizeable number of legislators on Thursday, said a senior leader. He also said Governor C Vidyasagar Rao may not invite Public Works Minister Edapadi K Palanisamy to form the government in the state till everything seems to be clear. “There […]

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Sasikala back in jail, it’s now Edappadi Palanisamy vs Panneerselvam at Chennai Raj Bhavan

With no word from Raj Bhavan on what the Governor intends to do charges flew thick and fast between the warring AIADMK factions.