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With VK Sasikala set to become Tamil Nadu CM, AIADMK leader PH Pandian alleges foul play in Amma's death

Veteran AIADMK leader PH Pandian created a stir after opposing VK Sasikala's elevation and alleging foul play in late chief minister J Jayalalithaa's death. Pandian went onto say that there was a fight at Poes Garden in which 'Jaya was pushed' after which she collapsed leading to her hospitalisation. This was the first voice of dissent within the party against Sasikala's elevation from the AIADMK general secretary to the chief ministerial post was announced.

At a press conference in his home, the founding leader claimed that Sasikala had cheated them in order to become the chief minister of Tamil Nadu. Pandian added that Amma was taken to the hospital to avoid suspicion. He added that Sasikala didn't even grieve after Jayalalithaa's passing.

According to The Times of India, the press meet was held a couple of days after Sasikala was elected as the legislature party leader. The senior leader also said that he was upset over Amma's death and hence, silent for a few days before he decided to make his displeasure known.

VK Sasikala on her first day as AIADMK general secretary.

VK Sasikala on her first day as AIADMK general secretary.

The founding leader's son and AIADMK MLA, Manoj Pandian, told The Indian Express that Amma had told him that she did not want her trusted aide to become the chief minister after her.

The Economic Times reported Manoj's statement on Sasikala being unfit to lead the party and the state. "She does not have the mandate of the party or the people of Tamil Nadu," Manoj said.

He also questioned the suspicions that arose when Sasikala's family turned up at the hospital to take a call on different matters relating to Jayalalithaa's health.

A day ago, the state government had called for a press conference where Dr Richard Beale, who had treated Jaya, dispelled all rumours around her death and said that "she had been given the best treatment possible".


Updated Date: Feb 07, 2017 12:43 PM

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