The DMK also put up picture of Jayalalithaa garlanded, outside one of its offices.

Sasikalas family on PR drive bragging about their sacrifices for Jayalalithaa
news Politics Friday, December 09, 2016 - 20:32

In less than a week since the death of former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, members of Sasikala Natarajan’s family have started PR campaign on social media to showcase their patronage to the erstwhile party chief and former Chief Minister.

Jeyanandh Dhivakaran, Sasikala’s nephew (son of Dr V Dhivarahan) in a series of Facebook posts, claimed that the Mannargudi family helped Jayalalithaa in times of distress.

One of the posts read, “After Amma was abandoned by her family it was Sasikala’s brother Dhivakaran that saved her life three times from getting killed.”

Another post read, “Sasikala’s brother Dhivakaran endured 14 injuries on the head to rescue Jayalalithaa from a lathi charge plot.”

These posts with hasthtag #overtheyears was a part of a series of posters and messages that talked about the family’s bond with Jayalalithaa.

Posters announcing the return of “golden man”- M Nataraian, Sasikala’s estranged husband were also seen in Chennai.

In these posters, Natarajan who has spent time in Trichy Central Prison in connection with a land grab case is portrayed as the golden man who will save the state of Tamil Nadu in times of vacuum like this.

Incidentally, the former public relations officer, Natarajan, who was a key member of Jayalalithaa’s political team when she started her career, fell out of Jayalalithaa’s favour in the 1990s.

It is also the same reason that Sasikala was made to choose between him and Jayalalithaa by the latter.

The events in the last three or four days point to Sasikala and family filling up the power vacuum left behind by Jayalalithaa. 

There are also posters hailing Sasikala Natarajan as the next leader that have come in parts of the state. TNM had reported earlier that Sasikala could be made the General Secretary of the party.

DMK plays it cautiously 

DMK party treasurer M K Stalin, Kanimozhi and others had paid tribute to Jayalalithaa at Rajaji Hall on Tuesday. DMK also published a poem for Jayalalithaa which read, “Even though you were our enemy, we thought it was a lion standing opposite us. We thought you shouldn't rule us, we didn't ever think you shouldn't live, mother!”

The party also put up picture of Jayalalithaa garlanded, outside one of its offices.     

                                                          

“She was the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, she was a tall leader and definitely it is a loss to the state of Tamil Nadu, any civilized party will pay tribute to her,” said DMK spokesperson Saravanan.

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