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I’m Sad That OPS Was Ever Amidst Us, Says an Emotional Sasikala

An emotional Sasikala said she was saddened by the betrayal of this pacchai drogi – naked and open traitor.

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An emotional Sasikala said she was saddened by the betrayal of this pacchai drogi – naked and open traitor. (Photo Courtesy: <i>The News Minute</i>)

The ongoing tussle in Tamil Nadu’s ruling AIADMK party has manifested into a full-blown public feud between caretaker Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and party General Secretary VK Sasikala.

In an interview with CNN-News18, an emotional Sasikala said she was saddened by the betrayal of this pacchai drogi – naked and open traitor.

A day after Panneerselvam claimed that he was forced to resign as Chief Minister, Sasikala said she suspected the Opposition DMK had a role to play in this revolt.

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Sasikala said she had served Jayalalithaa for 33 years and the staff at Poes Garden would testify to that. The grief of amma’s passing, she said, nobody else could fathom.

Sasikala described the last day she spent with Jayalalithaa before she died.



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Commenting on the news and rumours that she had been poisoning Jayalalithaa or that there was some foul play involved in her death, Sasikala asserted that she was willing to sit through any inquiry and answer all questions.



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She expressed shock that Panneerselvam should revolt, as she said they had a pleasant meeting on 5 February, when the party decided she would replace Panneerselvam as Chief Minister.

“Why did he wait 48 hours to make these false accusations?” she asked.



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On being asked about the governor’s lack of response, Sasikala elaborated that a letter with the names of all MLAs who supported her was sent to governor C Vidyasagar Rao. His office told them the governor was in Ooty.

She said the governor did not respond, even after another letter was sent to his office in Mumbai, two days later. “Usually whoever gets majority is invited by the governor to form a government,” she said.

Though, when asked if there were any political reasons the governor has not responded to her request, she said no.



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(Photo: The Quint)

Finally, Sasikala said she was confident she would become Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, and will continue to rule Tamil Nadu according to Jayalalithaa’s vision.

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