People of Tamil Nadu are in close ranks with the decision of Sasikala being the successor of Jayalalithaa after she showed no disinterest in taking up all obligations in place of her motherly friend. And guess what’s on binge regarding the wise old lady’s confidante? Here is what’s been talked about her lately:
- Sasikala used to run a video renting and recording shop in the 1980s when Jayalalithaa was then the Propaganda Secretary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).
- Sasikala has a large family, it was alleged that some members of her family ran a parallel government by misusing Sasikala’s proximity to Jayalalithaa.
- Jayalalithaa had to face criticism because of Sasikala’s family. In 2011, Jayalalithaa expelled her and 13 of her relatives from the party.
- Along with Jayalalithaa, Sasikala was sentenced to 4 years imprisonment by a special court in Bangalore on 27 September 2014.
But what is that that makes us call sasikala, Jayalalithaa’s confidante despite her having such an obnoxious image pertaining to corruption charges?
It is believed that when a faction of ADMK party was opposing her taking over the party after Marudhur Gopalan Ramachandran, safety former CM passed away, Sasikala and her family supported her in her salad days of becoming the CM. Jaya was even believed to have safely guarded by Sasikala from physical assaults by providing hideouts. Deaths of her mother and then MGR must have left a void in her. She was just 43 when she became CM, someone had to be with her in the pressure of being a CM at such a young age. Sasikala may thus be righteously called her confidante.