Chennai: The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) on Monday expelled 16 of its party functionaries after reports surfaced about their interaction with former party leader VK Sasikala. The Tamil Opposition party also expelled Spokesperson V Pugazhendi on Monday (June 14) for anti-party activities. The expulsion follows a resolution passed by AIADMK to take action against party workers who spoke to Sasikala.
In a statement, AIADMK termed VK Sasikala’s telephonic conversations with its party members as ‘drama’ and clarified that the party will never destroy itself for the ‘desires of one family’.
Sasikala reportedly dropped major hints of making a comeback to active politics after the coronavirus pandemic gets over.
In an audio clip of a phone conversation between Sasikala and one of the party cadres, which went massively viral on social media on May 30, the expelled AIADMK leader was heard confirming plans of her return into politics.
This comes right after AIADMK lost power in the Tamil Nadu assembly elections to Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). The above-mentioned telephonic conversation has also been verified by Janarthanan, the personal assistant for AMMK General Secretary TTV Dinakaran.
These reports gained ground when several audiotapes of Sasikala were released by her supporters in which she was heard speaking to several AIADMK functionaries regarding her comeback. On March 3, Sasikala announced that she had quit politics. In her statement, she said, “When Amma was alive they were like a sister implementing the idea, and I am the same after she passed away.”
The audio which was released showed Sasikal speaking to a group of leaders which included M S M Anandan who has served as Minister for Forests in the state government.
In the audio, she can be heard saying that the party is getting ruined which pains her a lot and thus she will make a comeback to put the party back in its former glory.
Meanwhile, the AIADMK leaders have made it clear that there is no place for Sasikala and her family in the party.
(With inputs from ANI)