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Stalin says mysteries surround Jaya's treatment, Sasikala's elevation

DMK working president Stalin on Monday said there were mysteries surrounding late chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s treatment and the election of AIADMK chief VK Sasikala as the legislature party leader, and said these would “soon come before the people”.

“I have been saying repeatedly. The mystery surrounding J Jayalalithaa’s treatment and death and Sasikala’s election as legislature party leader — these have been mysteries and these will soon come before the people,” he told reporters in Chennai.

Stalin had on Sunday dubbed the elevation of Sasikala as against the “wishes” of both Jayalalithaa and the expectations of the people.

The DMK on Monday said it was not concerned about who occupies the chair of Tamil Nadu chief minister but will play the role of a responsible Opposition and “monitor” functioning of the state government, which it termed as “anti-people”.

DMK MP Tiruchi Siva made the remarks when asked about the ruling AIADMK legislature party electing VK Sasikala as its leader, paving the way for her elevation as the southern state’s chief minister, replacing O Panneerselvam.

“The state government is not people-friendly and its anti-people activities are well known and we have been fighting it. So, we don’t have to go into who is there in that chair.

“The government there has not fared well so far. As far as our party is concerned, we will be functioning as a responsible Opposition party,” he said.

The Rajya Sabha member added that while the change in guard by the AIADMK was “within its purview” the DMK’s job is to monitor how it functions.

AIADMK MLAs had on Sunday elected Sasikala, a close associate of late J Jayalalithaa for nearly three decades, as their leader in the assembly and she is expected to be sworn-in as the chief minister on Tuesday.

Source: HindustanTimes