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Sasikala to return to TN on Feb 8, AIADMK files police complaint against her for using party flag

Chennai: The return of expelled AIADMK leader V K Sasikala, a close aide of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, from Karnataka to Tamil Nadu has been deferred by a day, even as the ruling AIADMK filed a complaint with the police for using the party flag in her car after she was discharged from hospital.

Her nephew and AMMK Deputy General Secretary, in a tweet said Sasikala will return to Tamil Nadu on February eight morning, instead of February 7.

Ms Sasikala was released from Bengaluru prison after serving a four year jail term following her conviction in the DA case. Before her release, she was admitted to a hospital after she tested positive for coronavirus and was discharged on Sunday last. Since then she has been under quarantine at a resort in Karnataka as per the
advise of the doctors.

Meanwhile, an AIADMK delegation headed by party presidium Chairman E Madhusudhanan and Electricity
Minister P Thangamani, Fisheries D Jayakumar, Law Minister C Ve Shanmugam and senior leaders Natham
R Viswanathan and K P Munusamy met the DGP and filed a complaint for using the party flag and to take
steps to prevent her from further using the flag.

Ms Sasikala created a flutter when she drove out of the hospital as the car with the AIADMK flag on the bonnett.

While the AIADMK expectedly opposed it, Dhinakaran who formed the AMMK and also announced her as the
party’s General Secretary, justified it saying she has the moral right to use the AIADMK flag.

Reacting to it, Mr Jayakumar stoutly opposed it and said Sasikala has no moral right to use the AIADMK flag and termed it as illegal.

‘Ms Sasikala has already been expelled from the party. She is not a member of the party at all and she has no moral right to use the flag…it is illegal’, he said.

However, Dhinakaran, who was present when Sasikala was discharged from the hospital, justified it saying she
is still the General Secretary of AIADMK and has the moral and every right to use the party flag.

He said though the AIADMK claim that she was expelled from the party, the matter was subjudice and a case
filed by Ms Sasikala against it was pending in the Madras High Court.

Mr Dhinakaran also said the main objective of AMMK’s formation was to retrieve the AIADMK.
It may be recalled that AIADMK co-coordinator and Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami after meeting
Prime Minister in New Delhi recently said there was 100 per cent no chance of Sasikala returning to the
AIADMK.

‘She (Saiskala) is not a member of the party at all. Even when Ms Jayalalithaa is there she is not a member of the party’, he added.

The AIADMK also expelled about five party functionaries for putting up posters hailing Sasikala.

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