Former Tamil Nadu Speaker PH Pandian on February 7 alleged that the late CM Jayalalithaa was manhandled and pushed down at Poes Garden before her hospitalisation and finally, her death.
He alleged that Jayalalithaa was taken to the hospital to avoid suspicion, but “were not told about the kind of treatment given to her”.
This cast a shadow over AIADMK General Secretary Sasikala Natarajan’s swearing in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
Stating that he was opposed to Sasikala’s elevation, he said, “She doesn’t have the quality to be party chief and CM.” Addressing reporters, he said, “Jayalalithaa died an unnatural death. Sasikala’s conduct before and after the death of Jayalalithaa must be probed.”
Doubts were initially raised by DMK working president MK Stalin, who wondered aloud how could Sasikala be appointed as CM when she wasn’t elevated ever by Jayalalithaa herself. Sasikala, wasn’t given any post in the party or in the government during Jayalalithaa’s tenure, he added.
He also raised his suspicions about Sasikala and her family virtually surrounding Amma’s mortal remains at Rajaji Hall.
Manoj Pandian, a AIADMK leader, said “Jayalalithaa once told me that she never wanted Sasikala to be the Chief Minister.” Pandian said Jayalalithaa, on her return from jail in 1996, declared to the partymen that all her belongings should go to the people. “I have a duty towards the people and it should be fulfilled.”
Protesting against Sasikala’s elevation, he said Jayalalithaa never wanted her (Sasikala) to be her successor. Questioning the secrecy surrounding Jayalalithaa’s death, he said that he was breaking his silence now after the recent developments, involving Sasikala, were being done in haste.
When Jayalalithaa didn’t make her even a councillor in her life time, how can Sasikala be appointed as the party’s general secretary?” asked Pandian.
Meanwhile, media reports stated that Sasikala’s swearing-in ceremony as the CM may be postponed until the Supreme Court announces its decision in the disproportionate assets case.