Sasikala prays at Jaya’s memorial before leaving for Bengaluru

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sasikalaFlanked by a huge number of supporters, VK Sasikala reached the Marina Beach to pay floral tributes to late CM Jayalalithaa before leaving for Bengaluru to surrender before the trial court.

Before leaving for Bengaluru, she made a brief stop at MGR Memorial House in Thyagaraya Nagar.  She briefly meditated before MGR’s portrait.

Earlier, the Supreme Court rejected Sasikala’s plea that she should be given time to make some “personal arrangements”. The SC ordered Sasikala to surrender herself before the Bengaluru trial court immediately.

Seeing that she has been pushed into a corner, Sasikala has brought in her nephew and former AIADMK MP TTV Dinakaran—he was expelled along with Sasikala in 2011 by Jayalalithaa—back into the AIADMK fold and made him the deputy general secretary of the party.

With interim CM Panneerselvam now nearly out of reckoning from Tamil Nadu Secretariat, Dinakaran is likely to be the new power centre in AIADMK during Sasikala’s absence. Dinakaran is also credited with grooming Panneerselvam in politics.

An AIADMK leader said that party leaders were united and hoped that E Palanisamy will be invited by the Governor to form the government.

Meanwhile, AIADMK legislator S Saravanan, who scaled the resort’s wall and joined Panneerselvam’s camp on February 14, had filed a FIR against Sasikala and AIADMK legislative leader Palanisamy at Kuvathur Police Station. He said that he was abducted by the two AIADMK leaders and held at the Kuvathur resort against his will.