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Sasikala Pushpa defies & exposes Jayalalithaa

Mon, Aug 01, 2016, 02:13 PM
The AIADMK Rajya Sabha MP, Sasikala Pushpa, may go down in her party's history as being the only leader to have openly defied Amma Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

In the Rajya Sabha on Monday, Sasikala Pushpa revealed that the party leadership had 'slapped her' and she had not been able to meet her children or her husband. She claimed that her life was in danger from the Tamil Nadu government.

This statement evoked huge political controversy with the Congress leadership intervening.

Ghulam Nabi Azad and other senior Congress MPs in the Rajya Sabha wanted Sasikala Pushpa to be allowed to speak more so that inside information of the party is revealed.

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu stood up and said protection would be given to the MP if she approached the Rajya Sabha Chairman. He added that it was a personal matter between two MPs - Sasikala Pushpa and DMK MP Tiruchi Siva -- and the Rajya Sabha could not get involved.

To this Pushpa stoutly denied that it was a personal affair and said that while Tiruchi Siva was a gentleman, she repeated that her life was in danger.

The AIADMK is a `one rule-one leadership' party, but Sasikala Pushpa had broken the iron-clad Jayalalithaa hold on the party when Pushpa refused to resign from the Rajya Sabha, as she had another four years left.

While there have been many leaders in similar situation who had to leave the party, they went out without a demur. None of them chose to fight the directive to leave the party.

But Sasikala Pushpa stood her ground and by doing so is fighting Jayalalithaa's authority and the AIADMK grip over its MPs.

The 49 AIADMK MPs in the Houses have different views on the issue. The Deputy Speaker of the LS, M Thambidurai, is the leader of both houses of parliament and he has been conveying real stories about the conduct and lifestyle of the AIADMK MPs to the leadership.

The real danger of the Pushpa episode is that it may be a threat to the AIADMK leadership and its authority. First, it failed to get her resignation, and second she exposed Jayalalithaa to the full glare of 250 Rajya Sabha MPs.
Agency: Ap7am Desk

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