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Sasikala meets Jayalalithaa at her residence

Tuesday - Apr 03, 2012, 01:12pm (GMT+5.5)
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Chennai -  AIADMK General Secretary and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa met her long-time aide V.K. Sasikala at her Poes Garden residence here Monday evening, two days after  she revoked Sasikala's suspension from the party.

According to party officials Sasikala met Jayalalithaa at Poes Garden Monday evening.

Jayalalitha had three months ago expelled Sasikala from the party and her residence.

On Saturday, Jayalalithaa revoked the disciplinary action initiated against Sasikala, but reiterated that the action taken against her friend's relatives and close associates would continue.

Jayalalithaa said that Sasikala had written her a letter which was accepted by her. Sasikala later issued the contents of the letter as a statement.

Jayalalithaa said the disciplinary action (suspension from the party's primary membership) against Sasikala last December has been revoked.

However, the disciplinary action against close relatives of Sasikala, including against M. Natarajan and others, would continue and party members are advised not to have any contacts with  them, Jayalalithaa said.

Jayalalithaa's change of heart came after Sasikala wrote a letter to her and later issued a statement on March 28 declaring that she wants to keep serving the Tamil Nadu chief minister.

Sasikala also said that she had severed her connections with her relatives and those who thought of betraying Jayalalithaa cannot be pardoned.

In her statement, Sasikala said she never dreamt of betraying the trust the former reposed in her and it had shocked her that her relatives had misused the AIADMK leader's position.

According to Sasikala, it was only in December, after Jayalalithaa cracked down on her family members, that she realized that her relatives and friends had misused her proximity to the chief


In December, Jayalalithaa sacked Sasikala and several others from the basic membership of the party without giving any reason.

Sasikala had to leave Jayalaltihaa's residence where she had been living with the actor-turned-politician since 1988.

Jayalalithaa told party members not to have any contact with the lot.


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