Jayalalithaa death: While the entire nation is mourning over Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK chief Jayalalithaa’s demise, BJP’s senior leader Subramanian Swamy, in his exclusive interview with a news channel, has made some shocking revelations about his relation with ‘Amma’. During the interview, Swamy recalled the time when he first met Jayalalithaa back in 1982. She was an extremely intelligent and a knowledgeable person with great tenacity and courage, he said. Swamy also said that the cinema experience was brutal for her. It made her unhappy and sad in her later life.
Swamy said that Jayalalithaa had a huge admiration for his (Swamy’s) scholarship. She respected his knowledge abilities, but the evil influence of Sasikala Natarajan ruined all that. She had total control over Jayalalithaa. Whenever we (Swamy and Jayalalithaa) came together or had a political alliance, Sasikala would intervene and put a spanner into it. Jayalalithaa was unhappy in her personal life and was under her influence, Swamy said in an interview with News18.
Speaking about the lows Jayalalithaa faced during her political carrier, Swamy cited the incident where after the decimation of AIADMK in 1996, she was devastated. She went to him seeking help to rebuild the party and take on the DMK led by M Karunanidhi. He obliged her request and we formed an alliance. In the 1998 Lok Sabha election, Swamy won from Madurai. Jayalalithaa went on to join the AB Vajpayee-led government at the Centre.
Jayalalithaa wanted Prime Minister Vajpayee to make him his Finance Minister. The Asian Age had even carried an article on that, but it did not happen, said Swamy.
Jayalalithaa was upset. She decided to topple the government. That’s because she hated rejection. She kept telling me to topple Vajpayee government. I advised her not to do anything in a hurry. But I had to relent. I told her that she had to deal with Sonia Gandhi if Vajpayee goes. She was ready for that. I arranged that famous meeting (‘tea party’) between them. The NDA government fell, said Swamy.
Swamy said that they broke up several times because of Sasikala, who tried to blame me for things that went wrong. She was an evil influence over Jayalalithaa all through her political career, said Swamy.
Swamy further said that, in 2007, Jayalalithaa once again approached him. She wanted Swamy to become the President of India for which he declined telling her that he had a teaching assignment at Harvard University. He was also not sure about his winning chances as many political leaders were afraid of me, Swamy said.
Swamy said, “I feel that AIADMK will explode after this. Her successor O Panneerselvam won’t be able to run the government. Because Sasikala won’t let anyone grow.” He also pointed that only 30 per cent MLAs of AIADMK are from the Thevar community (that Panneerselvam and Sasikala belong to). Almost 70 per cent are non-Thevars. They may not back Thevar hegemony. Panneerselvam will find it difficult in the days to come.