Embattling with the brewing rebellion by a section of her party, AIADMK chief VK Sasikala made a combative remark expressing her readiness to “face any probe” over the death of former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa. O Panneerselvam had earlier accused her of not allowing him to meet the late Chief Minister when she was hospitalised for over 70 days.
The sitting Chief Minister had also ordered a probe into what he said were doubts regarding the death of Jayalalithaa. It will be headed by a retired High Court judge.
Meanwhile, speaking to a private news and current affairs TV channel, Sasikala said she is ready to face probe over the matter, adding, she was pained at the “politicisation of Amma’s death.”
The AIADMK General Secretary also told that said that she hopes the Tamil Nadu Governor would “uphold the Constitution” and invite her to take oath as the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. “We tried to meet him, but was told that the Governor is in Ooty. I hope the Governor protects the Constitution and upholds the dignity of law,” she said in an interview to CNN-News18 TV channel.
On the questions raised by Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, who has rebelled against her, she said “Amma Jayalalithaa knows who am I. So I don’t need to answer anyone else.”
“I am ready to face any inquiry into Jayalalithaa’s death. Jayalalithaa knows who I am and how I behaved with her. Even the doctors who treated her know how I had treated her. I don’t have any problem with an enquiry commission,” she said.
“We called doctors from the world over. All the news about her health is planted. There was no delay in taking Amma to the hospital,” she added.
Attacking Panneerselvam further, whom she called a “traitor”, she alleged that his act was a betrayal to Amma and claimed that his actions in the assembly were “suspicious.” She also alleged that the opposition DMK is now looking at Panneerselvam as one of their own.
Sasikala also rubbished Panneerselvam’s claim that he was threatened and forced to resign as Chief Minister.
“There is no truth in his claim that he was threatened by us. He proposed me to take over as General Secretary of the party. Somebody is behind this. I think all this is politically motivated,” she claimed.
Sasikala was chosen as CM nominee by her party MLAs on Sunday and is expected to meet governor Ch Vidyasagar today.
She would also be keeping her fingers crossed with Supreme Court verdict on disproportionate assets case against her expected next week.
(With inputs from the PTI)