On a day that saw Sasikala finally going to surrender before Bangalore court today, her camp in the AIADMK got another setback today with the resignation of party’s organising secretary Nellai Karuppasamy Pandian. As per reports he has resigned from the post in protest against Dinakaran’s appointment as party deputy general secretary.
The Supreme Court had earlier in the day rejection her plea to for time to surrender owing to “ill health”, after which she first went to Jayalaithaa’s memorial before leaving for Bangaluru. She will be kept in Parappana Agrahar jail in the Karnataka capital.
Yesterday, two-judge bench comprising Justices P C Ghose and Amitava Roy had directed Sasikala and the two relatives to surrender to the trial court in Bengaluru and serve the remaining part of four-year prison term. The verdict also disqualified Sasikala from becoming an MLA, consequentially not allowing her to be chief minister for six years from the date of release of prison.
After the apex court’s verdict, the AIADMK tried to defend her, saying she had always carried the burden of the late Jayalalithaa. “Whenever there had been burden for Amma (Jayalalithaa) she (Sasikala) had taken it on her. She is doing the same now also. #Chinnamma,” the party’s official Twitter handle, @AIADMKOfficial said.
The trial court had sentenced Sasikala and her two relatives to four years imprisonment with a fine of Rs 10crore each. Jayalalithaa was sentenced to four years with a fine of Rs 100 crore. The verdict came even as Panneerselvam won more support from party MPs and MLAs. Veteran AIADMK legislator Semmalai today extended support to O Panneerselvam, giving a boost to the chief minister’s camp.