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VK Sasikala Quits Politics: How It Will Affect The Upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections | India News


NEW DELHI: In a sudden and unexpected decision on Wednesday, the close adviser to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa VK Sasikala announced that he was retiring from politics.
The development took everyone by surprise because after she was released from jail in January, Sasikala had made it explicit that she would play an active role in state politics.
In her two-page letter, Sasikala, affectionately called “Chinnamma” by her supporters, called on all true Jayalalithaa supporters to prevent the “common enemy” DMK from coming to power in the next assembly elections and guaranteeing “rule of Amma’s Gold in Tamil Nadu “. “Jayalalithaa was” Amma “to her followers.
Sasikala’s retirement from politics is likely to affect Tamil Nadu politics and the assembly elections to be held on April 6.
Relay to govern AIADMK
The ruling AIADMK would certainly breathe a sigh of relief over Sasikala’s resignation from politics, as it would halt the party’s vote split.
After Jayalalithaa’s death in December 2016, Sasikala sought to play a prominent role in AIADMK. O Panneerselvam, who was considered close to Jayalalithaa, was appointed interim prime minister. However, in a power struggle with Sasikala, he was replaced by his loyal Edappadi K Palaniswami (EPS).
Panneerselvam, also called OPS, rebelled against Sasikala and EPS. In the soil test that followed, OPS lost to EPS.
Subsequently, a rapprochement took place between Prime Minister Palaniswami and Panneerselvam, the latter becoming the Deputy Chief Minister.
In February 2017, Sasikala was convicted in the disproportionate assets case of Rs 66.65 million and was imprisoned for four years. She was expelled from AIADMK in September 2017.
When he was released from the Parappana Agrahara Central Jail in Bengaluru on January 27, he entered Chennai on February 8. His release made the AIADMK government nervous. It took several steps to control Sasikala long before she was released from prison.
The Palaniswami government obtained an ordinance enacted in May last year to temporarily seize Veda Nilayam, Jayalalithaa’s residence in Poes Garden, Chennai. He also decided to establish a foundation to turn the Veda Nilayam into a monument. This was apparently to prevent any possibility of Sasikala or Jayalalithaa’s relatives claiming possession of the house.
A day after Sasikala was released from prison, Palaniswami inaugurated the memorial house in the presence of Senior Vice Minister O Panneerselvam, cabinet colleagues and senior AIADMK leaders. Before Sasikala’s entry, strong security was deployed and CCTV cameras were installed not only around Veda Nilayam but also at the AIADMK office at Avvai Shanmugam Salai in Chennai.
Shortly after Sasikala was released from prison on January 27 and transferred to a resort near the capital Karnataka, the Chennai collector issued orders to seize the properties of her relatives J Ilavarasi and VN Sudhakaran in the asset case. disproportionate.
On the other hand, the AIADMK leadership even took action against its party members for supporting Sasikala. She removed her Karnataka secretary, MP Yuvaraj, for planning to meet with her.
Previously, AIADMK fired several officials for putting up posters welcoming Sasikala.
AIADMK also filed police complaints against Sasikala for using the party flag. Consequently, the Tamil Nadu police banned more than five cars in his convoy and asked him not to use the party flag on his car.
However, Sasikala ignored police orders while crossing into Tamil Nadu from Karnataka on February 8. Their cars had the AIADMK flag and there were about 200 cars in their convoy.
Arriving in Chennai, he categorically said that he would return to politics and start meeting people soon. He reiterated his plan even at Jayalalithaa’s birth anniversary celebrations on February 24.
Her active participation in politics would surely hurt AIADMK, as her votes would have been divided between her and the AMMK party of her nephew TTV Dhinakaran.
But now that Sasikala says goodbye to politics, the prospects for AIADMK’s votes to split have dimmed.
Good for BJP
The BJP has sewn an alliance with AIADMK for the assembly polls. A weak AIADMK would have been against the interests of the BJP.
However, AIADMK’s position has improved with Sasikala’s departure from politics. Not surprisingly, the BJP welcomed his decision. BJP leader Srinivasan welcomed his move.
Jolt to DMK
The main opponent DMK, who hopes to return to power, may be shocked by Sasikala’s decision.
The party, led by Stalin, the son of former Prime Minister K Karunanidhi, would have benefited from the split of votes between AIADMK and AMMK. However, a consolidation of votes would go against it.
Setback for Dhinakaran
Dhinakaran hoped to damage AIADMK’s prospects as much as he could.
On the RK Nagar constituency list after Jayalalithaa’s death, Dhinakarn defeated the AIADMK and DMK candidates in December 2017, while Sasikala was in jail. In March 2018, he launched his own party, Amma Makkal Munnetra Kazhagam (AMMK). In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, AMMK garnered a vote share of more than 4 percent.
Dhinakaran had said that AMMK would lead a third front in the April assembly elections. He had also said that AMMK was in negotiations with other major parties and that the names of the candidates would be announced on March 10.
After Sasikala announced her decision to leave politics, Dhinakaran said that she tried to convince her for half an hour, but she remained firm in her decision. Development comes as a shock personally.

Times of India