Chennai: According to an explosive claim made in a now deleted Facebook post former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was filmed while in hospital talking to her long-time aide, V K Sasikala, who protected her mentor’s dignity by refusing to share the footage.
"Even after been coined as a murderer, Amma's pic was not revealed by Sasikala as her enemies should not see her clad in a green gown,” said the post on Facebook, uploaded by Sasikala's nephew Jeyanandh Dhivakaran.
The Facebook post was aimed at blunting the attack of Sasikala's rival and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam's camp, which had alleged Jayalalithaa was murdered by the Sasikala family to control the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam.
Jayalalithaa died on December 5 after prolonged hospitalisation at Chennai's Apollo Hospital, and a faction of party members have questioned the circumstances around her death. The short-lived Facebook claim provides the latest installment of drama to the feud that has torn through Jayalalithaa’s party after her death, and attempts to reinforce that her trust in Ms Sasikala remained intact till she died.
The post had said: "Even after been coined as a murderer, Amma's pic was not revealed by Sasikala as her enemies should not see her clad in a green gown.
Chinnamma took this decision. We kept her as a mighty lion until her death and bid adieu. But OPS, just to garner votes, placed her in a coffin and paraded her."
"Truth is strong and what if the videos of Amma's and Chinnamma's conversations surface one day? What should we do to PH Pandian and Manoj K Pandian?" the post further stated. The AIADMK split into two after Jayalalithaa's death -- one led by Sasikala and the other faction helmed by Panneerselvam. A majority of the legislators had lined behind Sasikala and her nominee E Palaniswami was elected as the Chief Minister.
The crisis within the AIADMK has since escalated to the extent that the OPS camp has put the removal of Sasikala's family from the AIADMK as a condition for the merger of the two factions.