Monday, December 19, 2011

Explained: Why Jaya expelled Sasikala’s ‘Mannarkudi Mafia’

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, who is also the general secretary, All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, expelled her close aide Sasikala, her husband Natarajan and 12 of their close relatives from the party’s primary membership on Monday.
An AIADMKrelease issued by Jayalalithaa said Sasikala, her husband Natarajan, relatives Ravanan, M Ramachandran, Kulothungan, Divakaran, Dinakaran, Bhaskaran, Sudhakaran, S Venkatesh, Adyar Mohan, Mahadevan and Thankamani have been expelled from the party.
While Sasikala was a member of the AIADMK executive committee, others do not have any party or official positions. Sasikala and her associates are known in Tamil Nadu as the ‘Mannargudi Mafia’. Mannargudi in Tanjavur district is Sasikala’s village. She belongs to the Thevar community.
Jayalalithaa has asked her party cadre not to have any dealings with the expelled members. Though no reasons have been given for the ouster, political observers and intelligence officials are of the view that the action was a result of unprecedented interference in government and party affairs by Sasikala and her relations. Read More...

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