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'Time is ripe': Jayalalithaa's aide VK Sasikala announces comeback after AIADMK's poor show in polls

Sasikala condemned caste-based politics within the AIADMK, highlighting the party's electoral decline and emphasizing the need for unity. Despite past expulsion, she aims to unify AIADMK under her leadership, challenging DMK and outlining plans for a party resurgence.

Edited By: Nitin Kumar @Niitz1 Chennai Updated on: June 17, 2024 12:33 IST
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Image Source : PTI/FILE PHOTO Chennai: AIADMK leader VK Sasikala pays tribute to J Jayalalithaa near Marina Beach in Chennai.

V K Sasikala, confidante of the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, declared on Sunday that the AIADMK is not finished despite recent electoral losses. She announced her re-entry into active politics and vowed to restore 'Amma's' rule by winning the 2026 Assembly polls. Sasikala criticised Edappadi K Palaniswami, the current leader of the opposition, for failing to hold the government accountable. She pledged to question the government herself if necessary, emphasising her role as a proactive opposition force.

Renewed efforts to lead AIADMK

Following unsuccessful attempts to regain control of AIADMK, Sasikala addressed supporters, stating the time is ripe for her return. She reassured them of her commitment to unifying the party and regaining public trust.was

Condemnation of caste-based politics

Sasikala condemned the infiltration of caste-based politics into AIADMK, implicitly criticising Edappadi Palaniswami. She recounted her decision to appoint him as Chief Minister in 2017, emphasising her non-partisan approach.

Critique of recent electoral performance

Highlighting AIADMK's poor performance in recent elections, Sasikala underscored the need for strong leadership and unity to overcome setbacks and revive the party's standing.

Questions for DMK government

Targeting the ruling DMK over issues like bus procurement, Sasikala vowed to ask critical questions if Palaniswami failed to do so. She expressed confidence in unifying the AIADMK and reclaiming power in Tamil Nadu.

Expulsion and future plans

Sasikala and her relatives, including TTV Dhinakaran, were expelled from AIADMK years ago. Despite these challenges, she remains determined to bring everyone together and lead the party to victory.

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