Despite police permission being denied for hosting a grand reception rally for ousted AIADMK leader Sasikala,
Meanwhile Sasikala gets notice from Hosur police for using AIADMK flag on car
Former chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s aide VK Sasikala, who returned to the state after four years of prison term, came in a car sporting AIADMK flag around 10.20 am from Bengaluru.
She was accorded a rousing reception in Krishnagiri district. On the use of ruling party flag, Hosur police served a notice against it.
However, Sasikala’s lawyer Raja Senthoor Pandian, who received the notice, told reporters that the police were not bestowed with rights to prevent her from using the AIADMK flag as the case is pending in High Court.
“Police claimed it as just a formal notice and we have made it clear that the AIADMK flag will not be removed,” he said.
The notice warning of legal action was issued after the AIADMK lodged a complaint to DGP against Sasikala using the party flag on her car when she was released from the hospital.
Before commencing her journey to Chennai, the former aide of Jayalalithaa offered prayers at Muthu Mariamman Temple and in Maa Pratyangira Kalika Alayam in Hosur.
She was then found draping an AIADMK towel on her shoulder.
Speaking to reporters at Vaniyambadi, Sasikala said, “I will definitely return to active politics. I am indebted to the people and will not be oppressed. They are watching the developments and know what is happening here.”
“I am bound by love, to the Tamil ethos and the principles I have embarked upon. But I can never be enslaved by oppression,” she told her loyalists.
Earlier, when Sasikala’s convoy reached Athipalli, the area bordering Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, she was given rousing welcome by thousands of her supporters and AMMK cadre, who assembled to welcome on the National Highway.
Sasikala, who started her journey to the State in a car owned by Jayalalithaa with an AIADMK flag, later shifted to a car belonging to AIADMK Shoolagiri Union Secretary Sammangi with the party flag as the ruling party had opposed her using the party flag in her car.
When asked about AIADMK ministers seeking police action against her for using party flag, Sasi said that they were afraid of her and thus have approached the police.
Responding to late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s memorial in Chennai being closed for maintenance, she said “the people of Tamil Nadu know very well what all this means.”
Earlier, two cars caught fire when crackers were setoff to welcome Sasikala’s entry into Tamil Nadu through Krishnagiri district.
Also, hundreds of banners put up by AMMK cadre from Jujuvadi, the interstate border till Oppathavadi in Bargur were found torn, triggering tension.
It is said, the AMMK members from various places from Nagapattinam district including Velankanni, Keezhayur, Keezhvelur, Vedaranyam and Pushpavanam proceeded to Chennai in around 200 vehicles to welcome Sasikala who returned to Chennai after her release.
When the vehicles reached Vanchur at Tamil Nadu-Puducherry border, the police stopped them.
Soon, the AMMK cadre got down from the vehicle and blocked the highway and raised slogans against the police who were on duty at Vanchur check post.
They were allowed to proceed after police noted their vehicle registration numbers.
Police remained on high alert as more than 2,000 cops were deployed for security in Krishnagiri district.
AMMK general secretary TTV Dhinakaran told reporters that their battle to retrieve the AIADMK and Two Leaves symbol will continue
To Summarise the vents during her roadshow from Bengaluru which lasted for about 24 hours,
Jayalalitha close aide Sasikala showed composure greeting the cadres and the public, who have gathered to cheer her.
Sasikala who is a convict in AIADMK leader J Jayalalithaa’s DA assets case showed no signs of fatigue and her voice was stern during her brief interaction with AMMK office bearers.
Sasikala reached T Nagar, where she will stay at her relative Vishnupriya’s house.
Addressing reporters in T Nagar, AMMK leader Dhinakaran thanked the media for the day-long live coverage and said “Chinnamma was fine showing no signs and fatigue.
Superstar Rajinikanth also enquired about the health of chinnamma and she will soon convene the AIADMK general council as its general secretary,” Dhinakaran said.
Dhinakaran also said that he will contest in two assembly seats including the sitting seat of R K Nagar.