He said that there was simply no alternative to Sasikala for the AIADMK.

Dravidar Kazhagam chief Veeramani backs Sasikala says no other alternative for AIADMKImage: K Veeramani/ YouTube.com
news Politics Friday, January 06, 2017 - 10:50

K Veeramani, the President of the Dravidar Kazhagam, the organization founded by father of Dravidian politics Periyar EV Ramasamy, has spoken out in support of Sasikala taking over the AIADMK. In an interview to TOI, the Dravidian leader said that there was simply no alternative to Sasikala for the AIADMK and her maiden speech proved that she could deliver.

“To be very open, the brahminical press wanted to see that the AIADMK's leadership did not get away from the brahmin hold. This ploy has been defeated by the AIADMK general council and executive council by selecting Sasikala whose association with the leadership of the party is more than 30 years old,” he said, stating that she was ‘Hobson’s choice’ for the party.

Veeramani also justified Sasikala’s family standing around Jayalalithaa’s family during her funeral, stating that they could not have been asked to just go away. “Let us wait and see the role of Sasikala's family. If they interfere, people have the option of defeating the ruling party at any point. This is a democracy,” he said.

During Jayalalithaa’s final journey, Sasikala, Ilavarasi, Ilavarasi’s son Vivek, Dhivaharan, Jeyanandh (who is Dhivaharan’s son), Dr Venkatesh and Dr Sivakumar were seen patiently standing beside Jayalalithaa's body. Several other members of the Mannargudi family were also present.

He also took on the culture in the AIADMK of falling at the leader’s feet. When asked about how AIADMK leaders are falling at the feet of Sasikala too, he said, “It's psychological. If there are four or five people, and the first person prostates before the leader, all the others who want something from the leader would prostrate. That is not out of respect or admiration.

There is a Tamil saying, `The one who falls at your feet would also trip your feet.' You have to be careful.”

 

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