Sasikala 'betrayed' Jayalalithaa and AIADMK, claims party veteran PH Pandian

Chennai: In the midst of the consecutive controversies and incidents occurring in Tamil Nadu politics, former deputy speaker of the state Assembly PH Pandian on Tuesday broke his silence and came up with a number of allegations around the death of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa, which he claimed, was quite an unnatural one.

Addressing the scribes at his Anna Nagar residence, Pandian and his son Manoj , member of the Rajya Sabha, said, "I remained silent since the death of our former chief minister, but the scenarios of Tamil Nadu politics in the past two days have been disturbing me and are pushing me to confess a lot of truths regarding Jayalalithaa's passing." Starting with his allegations, Pandian told reporters, "Ever since Jayalalithaa was admitted to the hospital, no one was allowed to meet her except for a few senior ministers and AIADMK's present general secretary VK Sasikala." According to him, security personnel were strictly ordered to not to allow anyone inside the ward in which Amma was receiving treatment.

File image of Sasikala and Jayalalithaa. PTI

File image of Sasikala and Jayalalithaa. PTI

"I was there (at the hospital) for around 15 days and everytime I tried to meet Jayalalithaa, I was always told by the hospital officials that the chief minister was having food, taking medication and undergoing intensive care. But, I knew that she had been unconscious since she was hospitalised," Pandian said.

He added, "It was only after a serious altercation at her residence that Jayalalithaa was admitted to hospital. At the end of the altercation, Jayalalithaa was pushed on to the floor during which there was no one to support her and apparently, she lost her consciousness."

"In the hospital, I witnessed the entire scene for 15 long days during which Sasikala and the rest of the ministers there didn't show even small signs of sorrow for the condition of the then chief minister," Pandian added.

Following this, Pandian came up with several theories. "When we contacted the top officials of Apollo Hospital on 5 December, the doctors said that they need at least four hours to take measures for preservation of the cadaver of the dead chief minister. But, surprisingly, Jayalalithaa's body was immediately rushed to Poes Garden within two hours of her death. That has been raising a lot of suspicions," Pandian said. So, the former deputy speaker is now demanding a serious investigation on the death of Jayalalithaa.

Subsequently, Pandian raised some questions on Sasikala who took charge as AIADMK's general secretary. "This can not be a permanent posting for her in the party as it has to be signed by every member of the party to make her the party's general secretary. So, she cannot sustain the role for a long time," he claimed and added that the current members who have elected Sasikala as the party's general secretary joined the AIADMK after the era of its founder MG Ramachandran, and so they do not know the basic constitution of the party.

Following this, Pandian claimed that Sasikala has acquired all the assets of J Jayalalithaa by betraying the members of the party. "Jayalalithaa herself had declared that all her assets should be given for the welfare of the people of Tamil Nadu, after her death. But, it has not happened," Pandian claimed and added that Sasikala had already issued an apology letter to Jayalalithaa indicating that neither she nor her family had any relationship with the late chief minister, but Sasikala has now grabbed all her assets and roles.

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Updated Date: Feb 08, 2017 11:33:53 IST

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