Expelled ADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala has on Wednesday - May 25 played a fresh episode of her political drama that had spurred debates within and beyond the ADMK over her political future. Sasikala was a close aide of the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and she has been in the spotlight for a while, after her release from the prison, over her venture into politics.
In the midst of ongoing political and leadership crises in the ADMK that were triggered by the dual leadership, VK Sasikala has been in the expectations of her supporters towards recouping the party as its General Secretary. Though the current leaders Edappadi Palansiwami and O Panneerselvam have been curbing her political comeback, she has been apparently airing the statements of taking over the party and claiming to restructure it as the way it was during the reign of Jayalalithaa.
In line with that, Sasikala has on Wednesday spoken about her future in the ADMK and said that her future in the party should be decided by the cadres and that no leader in ADMK has a say about her re-entry into the party. She was addressing the reporters in Chennai after attending a wedding and said that the ADMK is not properly working as an opposition party in the state. She has equally slammed ADMK and DMK and claimed that there will soon be 'Amma's rule' in the ADMK again.
She said, "Not only ADMK cadres, but people also approach me and share their problems. They have said that DMK has completed one year, but the ruling party has failed to provide the administration it has promised during the elections. Now, considering the ground reality, we will definitely form Amma's regime very soon."
Responding to a question on whether the ADMK will unite under her leadership, Sasikala said, "I believe this 100%." On her re-entry, she said, "You can't compare Jayalalithaa with her successors. If a party leader has been chosen by the cadres, then it will function as per their comment. But the situation is not the same in ADMK now." She further said, "People are of opinion that ADMK is not functioning as a strong opposition and they are expecting me to lead ADMK."