Ugly clashes broke out at the AIADMK headquarters in Chennai on Wednesday on the eve of party’s general council meeting when Rajya Sabha member Sasikala Pushpa’s husband Lingeswara Thilagan and lawyers arrived there to submit nomination papers for the post of party general secretary.
The incident comes a day before the party’s general council meeting to elect the AIADMK general secretary, for which the late Jayalalithaa’s close aide Sasikala Natarajan is believed to be the top contender.
There was ruckus inside the AIADMK HQ as rebel MP Sasikala Pushpa’s supporters entered the premises. Pushpa has expressed her desire to contest for the party’s general secretary post.
Pushpa, who filed a petition in the Supreme Court demanding a probe into the death of J Jayalalithaa, had earlier said that proper inquiry should be done as the people of the state want to know the actual reason behind the death of the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.
The police had to intervene to disperse the crowd.
Majority of the AIADMK cadres are in favour of electing Sasikala Natarajan as the party’s general secretary after the death of former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa. The two Sasikalas – Pushpa and Natarajan – are at loggerheads.
Pushpa has been alleging “foul play” in Jayalalithaa’s death and the manner in which politics in the party has played out ever since Amma was taken ill. She had questioned the need for convening of party MLAs when Jayalalithaa was being treated. She calls Natarajan one of the “unconstitutional authorities” who are deciding the fate of the party.
She further alleged that Natarajan had tried to kill Jayalalithaa. “It would be wrong to nominate Sasikala Natarajan as the general secretary of the party. Because no where madam (Jayalalithaa) has mentioned her name. She has not even given her a councillor or an MLA seat. It shows that political life is not fit for her. She was earlier expelled by Amma for conspiring against her and trying to kill her,” Pushpa said.