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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).


Eye on Sasikala release, Tamil Nadu govt looks to secure custody of Jaya home

July 17, 2020 2:24 am

Sasikala, convicted in a disproportionate assets case, is expected to be released from prison after October. Jayalalithaa was also convicted in the case, but the verdict came after her death.

Police raid Bengaluru prison, seize knives, phones, marijuana

October 09, 2019 11:46 am

Parappana Agrahara Central Prison is the largest prison in Karnataka. Among the more than 4,000 inmates lodged here is former AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala.

Fissures emerge in Sasikala family as brother, nephew trade barbs

April 27, 2018 8:13 am

Sasikala's brother V Dhivakaran has been publicly challenging the leadership of Dhinakaran, calling him 'power hungry' and blaming him for Sasikala's fate.

Both a hero and villain in Tamil Nadu politics, Sasikala’s husband M Natarajan dies

March 21, 2018 7:30 am

Sasikala, who is serving a sentence in the disproportionate assets case, was granted emergency parole to attend her husband’s funeral on Wednesday at Thanjavur.

Sidelined AIADMK leader VK Sasikala's husband Natarajan Maruthappa passes away

March 20, 2018 10:24 am

Sasikala's husband Natarajan Maruthappa died due to multiple organ failure. It was not immediately known when the final rites will be held as the family anticipates a possible parole for Sasikala.

SC junks woman's plea claiming to be Jayalalithaa's daughter

November 28, 2017 7:56 am

The woman alleged she was given away in adoption, which her adoptive father revealed on his deathbed.

I-T searches in dozen places linked to AIADMK leader V K Sasikala

November 12, 2017 3:43 am

The department searched at least a dozen locations, including AIADMK mouthpiece Jaya TV’s offices, and the office of Namadhu MGR.

Sasikala's husband M Natarajan undergoes liver, kidney transplant

October 04, 2017 6:34 pm

When asked if Sasikala would stay at Poes Garden residence of late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa if released on parole, Dinakaran said, "Let her come first," and asked where would the scribe who posed the question wanted Sasikala to put up.

Karnataka police officer who alleged VIP treatment for Sasikala in jail transferred

July 17, 2017 2:38 pm

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.

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

May 19, 2017 10:36 pm

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