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Will Sasikala rejoin AIADMK ahead of polls? Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami says ‘no chance’
Sasikala was put behind bars four years ago in connection with a disproportionate assets case
With the Tamil Nadu Assembly elections barely a few months away, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) is making sure it stays away from all possible controversies and political faux pas in its bid to return to power.
In line with the same sentiments, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday ruled out the possibility of VK Sasikala, former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s close aide who claimed authority to the top post after ‘Amma’ died in 2016, returning to the party fold.
Sasikala was put behind bars four years ago in connection with a disproportionate assets case, and is expected to be released next week after giving a fine of ₹10 crore.
“No chance for that. She is not in the party at all...she is not in the party; 100 per cent she will not be admitted. AIADMK is now functioning after clearly deciding on this. There is no difference in opinion on this,” Palaniswami told media persons in New Delhi, according to NDTV.
Palaniswami was in the national capital to meet Union Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss various issues pertaining to his state.
Shah had gone to Tamil Nadu late last year to boost the National Democratic Alliance coalition ahead of the elections.
Meanwhile, Sasikala’s lawyer said that they have received a response from the prison authorities in Bengaluru to their letter stating that she would be released from prison in the early hours of January 27.
Last month, Sasikala’s plea for an early release was rejected by a court.
After the Supreme Court of India restored the trial court ruling in toto against Sasikala and two of her relatives in the case, she surrendered before the court in Karnataka on 15 February 2017, and has since been lodged in the Parappana Agrahara Central Jail.