Sasikala’s parting line: They can imprison me, not my love for AIADMK

Sasikala DA case conviction: The day didn’t exactly progress the way caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and his supporters had imagined.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: February 16, 2017 12:22 pm
Sasikala, Tamil Nadu, Tamil Nadu news, O Panneerselvam, OPS, Sasikala conviction, Sasikala SC conviction, Sasikala DA case, Sasikala DA verdict, India news Sasikala DA case: Late Tuesday night, Sasikala bids farewell to AIADMK MLAs at a resort near Chennai. (PTI Photo)

Ordered back to Bengaluru jail, AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala left the Golden Bay Resorts outside Chennai Tuesday evening but not before telling her party MLAs that “no force can separate me from my party… no matter where I am, I will always think of the party”.

Fighting back tears, Sasikala, in an emotional speech aired by party channel Jaya TV, said: “They can only imprison me but not my love for you and the party. Even if I go to prison, my concern towards the party and people will not come down. I will be always thinking about the party.”

If her conviction Tuesday morning had the rival AIADMK camp celebrating, the day didn’t exactly progress the way caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and his supporters had imagined. Because not a single MLA switched loyalties.

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Disheartened, Panneerselvam alleged that the MLAs were being kept hostage at the resort, that strongmen were not letting them leave. Policemen in large numbers entered the resort but returned later because no MLA was ready to step out, even after being assured security. They were told that buses were waiting outside to take them away from Kuvathur.

In the evening, AIADMK MP V Maitreyan, who has been backing Panneerselvam, led a delegation to Governor C Vidyasagar Rao. At night, hoping to persuade the MLAs, Panneerselvam headed in a convoy to the Jayalalithaa memorial on Marina Beach where he met the late leader’s niece Deepa. Both prayed at the memorial and Deepa said she was joining hands with Panneerselvam.

Sasikala, who reached Kuvathur on Monday evening and stayed overnight, busied herself in the hours before the Supreme Court ruling. “After addressing the media and MLAs, she held separate sessions with MLAs until 11pm on Monday. She also held individual chats with several MLAs. She was seen wiping tears,” said an AIADMK minister who camped at Kuvathur.

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On Tuesday morning, after the verdict, she held an hour-long meeting with MLAs and extended sessions until 3 pm to decide on a new legislature party leader. Sources said each MLA signed multiple affidavits, agreeing with the party decision to elect a new legislature party leader and to support the Sasikala faction in proving majority.

A senior police officer said there were 125 MLAs, including ministers, at the resort. “Our priority was to remove private guards brought from Mannargudi and Pudukottai. Only 30 were there, all were moved out in the morning,” the officer said.

Jayalalithaa’s nephew Deepak was present at the resort. Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar was busy coordinating arrangements at the resort, including food and other facilities for the MLAs. On Tuesday night, almost all ministers, except Education Minister M Pandiarajan who joined the Panneerselvam camp, were at the resort.

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    Bob Nath
    Feb 15, 2017 at 12:41 pm
    I take pity on her. She came from a poor background and helped to upbring her native poor people. She did not realize that politics is for cruel and heartless people. Most politicians are corrupt and cunning and she does not have the required training to become one of them.
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      IML sood
      Feb 15, 2017 at 2:56 am
      See the low character of one 'anonymous' who always try to throw mud on others but so coward that he wants hide from 'pay back'.
      1. Mohammad Bin Tughlaq
        Feb 15, 2017 at 2:37 am
        This time Chinnamma's tears will be genuine. She lost everything. Also when she told that wherever she might be she will always thinking of the party too is to be true. The hope of leading it after coming out of jail should be foremost in her;br/gt;Governor should dissolve the present embly and hold fresh election. Otherwise it will be horse trading;br/gt;Meanwhile the EC should decide which is the real AIADMK. OPS has told that the election of VKS as secretary of AIADMK is not proper. Let it be done as per the by-laws. The support of the MLAs who now support VKS cannot be used to gauge the actual pority VKS hold as they were all selected by her and Jaya and naturally they will align with their benefactor.
        1. D
          Feb 15, 2017 at 1:55 am
          She is worse than termite.. However, she was being glorified by this newspaper just because she had support of CONgress. lt;br/gt;Thank God, justice prevailed in the end though.
          1. D
            Feb 15, 2017 at 2:51 am
            This maid is worst than the Italian Mafia Maid.
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