OPS warns of escalating protests if judicial commission is not constituted

Making fresh revelations over the circumstances surrounding the death of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, rebel AIADMK leader O Panneerselvam on Friday warned of protests taking a different turn if a judicial commission was not constituted before the March 8 fast by his faction.
Addressing a gathering of party office-bearers from Kancheepuram district at his residence on Greenways Road here, he said, “A judicial commission must be constituted to go into the death of our leader. If the Centre does not do so before our hunger strike ends, the protests will take a different turn.”

The rebel faction had announced a state-wide hunger strike on March 8 to press for a judicial commission to unravel the mystery shrouding the death of Jayalalithaa.

“We will continue to fight till we get justice,” Panneerselvam asserted.

Not allowed to move abroad:

In a fresh revelation, the dethroned Chief Minister said VK Sasikala did not heed his plea for moving Jayalalithaa, who died on December 5 after being hospitalised for 75 days, abroad.

“Was she suffering from some sort of incurable disease? I stressed she could be moved abroad for treatment but (Sasikala) did not heed it,” he said, adding the mystery around the death of the late leader must be unravelled at any cost.

Panneerselvam, who made surprise revolt against Sasikala on February 7, two days after resigning from office, said he was agonised to know the treatment procedures from a few doctors and it would be a ‘sin’ if the mystery of her death was not unveiled.

Former minister and a strongman in the rebel camp KP Munusamy asked the party cadre to organise the hunger strike in a big way so that the Centre was forced to order a judicial commission.

Jaya was separated

Similarly, former MLA JCD Parabaharan said the March 8 hunger strike would be a defining moment in Tamil Nadu’s political history.

C Ponnaian, who was regularly briefing media on the progress in treatment to Jayalalithaa during hospitalisation, sounded poignant saying the late CM was ‘separated’ from the cadre.

Meanwhile, several party men from Salem led by former MLA ‘Palbaki’ C Krishnan, Salem rural district secretary of MGR Mandram, defected to the OPS camp.

AIIMS on Monday handed over Jayalalithaa’s medical reports to the Tamil Nadu government. It is said that the reports will soon be made public.


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