CHENNAI: Weeks ahead of the
Tamil Nadu assembly polls
V K Sasikala
, expelled AIADMK member and
of ex-CM J Jayalalithaa, on Wednesday announced that “she will stay away from politics” but would pray for the “golden rule” of the late party supremo.
“I will stay away from
and keep praying my sister Puratchi Thalaivi (Jayalalithaa), whom I consider as God, and the Lord Almighty for the establishment of the
of Amma,” she said in a statement.
“I have neither desired for the position nor for authority. I am thankful to caders and the people of
who have given due respect and concern towards me,” the statement continued. “I would like to continue my life, as I was executing the vision of Jayalalithaa.”
She appealed to Jayalalithaa’s “true supporters” to work unitedly, like siblings, in the April 6 elections and prevent the “common enemy”, DMK, which had been identified as an “evil force” by the late chief minister, from coming into office.
After being released from a Bengaluru prison following the completion of a four-year term in a disprportionate assets case, Sasikala had last month announced her intention to engage in active politics.
Her subsequent political moves, including the stand of AMMK floated by her nephew TTV Dhinakaran, in the polls was keenly awaited by observers and political parties alike in the state especially in the context of the crucial assembly polls. ADMK has so far ruled out accommodating Sasikala or AMMK in the party or in any alliance led by it.