After O Pannerselvam proposed the name of Tamil Nadu’s Chinnamma as the leader of AIADMK Legislature Party Leader, Sasikala Natarajan is all set to become the chief minister of the state. Here are ten things you need to know about Tamil Nadu’s CM to be.
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) General Secretary VK Sasikala’s role in the life of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was highlighted during Amma’s last days. Throughout the funeral procession, she was seen standing next to Amma’s mortal remains and later performed the last rites of the AIADMK supremo.
Here are 10 things you need to know about her:
- Sasikala was introduced to Jayalalithha in 1980 by IAS officer-turned-politician VS Chandralekha on the request of his PRO R Natrajan, Sasikala’s husband.
- Sasikala’s marriage with M. Natarajan happened with the blessings and in front of then DMK Chief M Karunanidhi.
- When Jayalalithaa met Sasikala, she was working as the Propaganda Secretary of the AIADMK and the duo eventually became close friends. In fact, Sasikala even started living with the former CM.
- Jayalalithaa was heavily criticised for spending crores on Sasikala’s nephew and her foster son V N Sudhakaran’s wedding.
- In 2011, Sasikala was accused to have been slowly poisoning her friend by giving chemical substances and sedatives so that her husband could replace Jayalalithaa as the CM.
- After experiencing this breach of trust, in December 2011, Jayalalithaa expelled Sasikala and her husband alleging that the family was conspiring against her.
- But Sasikala broke all ties with her family and relatives to make Jayalalithaa believe that she was not involved in any conspiracy against her. After her apology, Jayalalithaa re-admitted Sasikala in the party.
- Despite never holding any specific post in the party, Sasikala was Jayalalithaa’s close aide and the then CM relied on her for advise on important decisions.
- AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa had even declared the 60-year-old her ‘udanpirava sagodhari’ which means a sister not related with blood.
Courtesy: India Today