Different opinions are growing among the ruling AIADMK seniors as the early release of jailed ousted AIADMK leader V K Sasikala continues to be the talking point in political circles.
Though not confronting directly with the views of Minister for Milk and Dairy Development Rajenthra Bhalaji , who had opined that several AIADMK men are eagerly waiting for the early release of Sasikala, Administrative Reforms and Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar on Wednesday said that there was no possibility to reinduct ousted leaders like Sasikala and AMMK leader TTV Dhinakaran.
“The different views from the ministers had now created fresh rounds of talks among the AIADMK and rebel AMMK functionaries. Chinnamma release will create a ripple effect in the AIADMK and I whole-heartedly welcome the statement by Minister Rajendra Bhalaji,” rebel AMMK leader V Pughazhendi told DT Next. Considering the nature of court sentence, Sasiskala is sentenced to simple imprisonment where our leader is eligible for public and weekly holidays.
Considering the concessions and the holidays, any convict will get 96 days of casual leave per year. Then, there are public holidays to be added for three years. Besides, Chinnamma, along with Amma (Jayalalithaa), had already spent 21 days in jail. This calculation should result in the release of Chinnamma by coming February, Pughazhendi, who is an ardent loyalist of Sasikala, explained.
Only Minister D Jayakumar and few others are against the reinduction of Chinnamma, but majority of the AIADMK functionaries want Chinnamma back into the AIADMK to fight the opposition DMK, Pughazhendi added.
It may be noted that recently Minister Rajendra Bhalaji expressed his willingness for the early release of Sasikala.
Early release likely
In February 2017, Sasikala was convicted by the Supreme Court, which upheld Justice D Cunha’s earlier judgment. She was convicted of simple imprisonment for four years in a disproportionate assets case. She will complete three years by February 2020. Sasikala will get eight days of leave per month and will earn 96 days of leave per year. Along with the public holidays, she will earn close to 360 days facilitating the early release.