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‘My leader slapped me’: Expelled AIADMK MP breaks down in Rajya Sabha

AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa, who reportedly slapped DMK lawmaker Trichy Siva at Delhi airport on Saturday, claimed on Monday that she was slapped by a “leader” and faced threat to life in Tamil Nadu, alleging she was being forced to quit Rajya Sabha.

MP Sasikala Pushpa-AV
She was expelled minutes after she alleged in the Rajya Sabha that she is facing a threat from the party and is being harassed to leave her constitutional post.

“Sasikala Pushpa sacked from the party for bringing ill fame to the party – Puratchi Thalaivi Amma,” tweeted official twitter handle of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).

Earlier, Pushpa broke down in the Upper House of the Parliament. “I need protection. I don’t have safety in Tamil Nadu. There is a threat to my life,” she said.

“I’m being compelled to resign from my constitutional post. I will not do it. If an MP is being slapped by a leader, what is this? We should have human dignity,” she added further.

Pushpa said Siva was “a decent man” and had apologised to her but she was now being pressurised to resign from the Upper House.

The rivalry between Tamil Nadu’s big parties — the AIADMK and DMK — had led to a scuffle between two parliamentarians on Saturday.

Pushpa slapped Siva after he refused to travel in the same aircraft, airport security officials said.

The two, both Rajya Sabha members, were scheduled to fly to Chennai. Airline officials said Siva requested them to offload him because he didn’t want to share an aircraft with Pushpa.

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