While the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) has distanced itself from former party chief VK Sasikala, in the latest leaked audio clips, the ousted leader is heard speaking to party functionaries and supporters sympathetic to her political return. In the audio, she said, "there is a need to lead the party in a fair way" and "we can't be silent spectators".
As per NDTV report, Sasikala said, "I will come in after lockdown... and can also be heard, repeating what she was taped saying last week; she'd told a party worker: "Don't worry. I will come after the pandemic is over."
Reacting to the clips, AIADMK leader D Jayakumar has slammed Sasikala for using "audio politics" to try and create confusion in the party's ranks. She will never succeed in this, the former minister told news agency PTI, pointing out that Sasikala isn't even a primary member of the party.
Besides, former minister, KC Veeramani, said Sasikala was speaking to "some black sheep" and that the AIADMK's interests were well-guarded by former Chief Ministers Edappadi K Palaniswami, or EPS, and O Panneerselvam, or OPS.
It was Sasikala who nurtured O Panneerselvam, who is from her Thevar community. But after Jayalalithaa died, OPS rebelled against her when she attempted to become Chief Minister, and she gave EPS the top post when she had to go to jail after being convicted in the disproportionate assets case.
On Tuesday (June 15), in another clip, she was heard saying "I will come soon and set the party straight".
"I have a responsibility. I am confident I will be able to set the party straight. My wish is the AIADMK should be strong... we will definitely bring Amma's (former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa) rule back. I will meet all of you soon," she was heard saying.
"I am pained party workers are expelled when we are in opposition," she also said.
Days after AIADMK expelled 16 of its party members for interacting with former party president Sasikala, party's leader D Jayakumar said that Sasikala is following a policy of divide and rule which will not work in AIADMK.
"Sasikala isn't a member of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK). How can she inherit the party? Earlier she had said that she will stay away from politics. We got a better vote bank in the last Assembly polls. O Panneerselvam and Edappadi K Palaniswami are doing good," Jayakumar told reporters here.
"Sasikala is following the policy of divide and rule which will not work in AIADMK. Whoever is going against the party's law can't be accepted. Action has been taken against those who went away from abiding law of AIADMK," he said.