VK Sasikala says confident of becoming next TN CM in an exclusive interview with Tamil Nadu-News18

On Wednesday, in an exclusive interview with CNN-News 18, AIADMK chief VK Sasikala opened up about the ongoing crisis in Tamil Nadu within her party and the tussle between her and outgoing chief minister O Panneerselvam over the chief minister's chair.

Sasikala. PTI

Sasikala. PTI

Sasikala opened up in a big way about her relationship with former chief minister the late J Jayalalithaa and the speculation behind her death especially after Panneerselvam commissioned an inquiry into her death.

Sasikala revealed that she has the party support. She said, "All party MLA's and MP's wants me to take the lead. They said to me who is OPS to deny that. Party cadres want me to take the lead."

Dismissing Panneerselvam's claim that he was forced to resign from the chief minister's position, she said, "There no truth on OPS's claim that he was threatened by us. He proposed me to take over as general secretary of the party. Somebody is behind this."

She also alleged that the opposition party DMK has a role to play in the ongoing crisis in AIADMK. Sasikala said, "DMK leader Duraimurugan said in the Assembly that they would support OPS to continue as CM. Who are they to support? If anyone says like that OPS should say that we are a majority. Why do we need it?" She also criticised the party for failing to live up to the expectations of the people of Tamil Nadu.

Sasikala also commented on the absence of Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao from the state and the delay in the swearing-in ceremony to appoint her as the chief minister. She said, "We have sent an letter to the governor via fax and we have sent a letter again to him to remind about our request. But they just acknowledged, no other reply. We hope that the governor will save this constitutional process. The majority of the MLA's have chosen me. I am willing to wait patiently."

Dispelling rumours of a conspiracy behind Jayalalithaa's death, she said, "I am ready to face any inquiry on Jayalalithaa's death. Jayalalithaa knows me who am I and how I was with her. Even doctors who treated Jayalalithaa also know how I treated her. I don't have any problem with an inquiry commission."

At this point in the interview, she also teared up while discussing the time Jayalalithaa spent in the hospital and the time after her death. She said, "I feel deeply saddened by the call for an inquiry by Panneerselvam. We don't have any fear. We called doctors from Aiims, London and Singapore."

She was asked to comment on the verdict which is soon going to be out in the DA case. She was also asked whether there was any link between the delay in swearing-in and the verdict of the DA case. She said, "I don't think it is right to comment on an ongoing case."

Sasikala said that she is confident that she will be sworn-in as the next chief minister of Tamil Nadu.

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Updated Date: Feb 08, 2017 22:13:11 IST

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