Sasikala home coming

Chennai: AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala before leaving for meeting with Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao at former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's memorial in Chennai on Thursday. PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar(PTI2_9_2017_000299A)

CHENNAI: It was quite an environment when Sasikala arrived.

Despite the high profile nature of Sasikala’s return, there was no grandeur in the “homecoming” ritual. “She is not back for good. It is only seven days,” mumbled an AIADMK worker. Sasikala is out on parole till October 12.

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Yesterday , all eyes were trained on the dimly lit twostorey building, much to the chagrin of other local residents. “I find this nonsensical,” said Shanmugham, a local resident. He lives in the apartment opposite to Krishnapriya’s house. At least half a dozen high rise structures, with street facing balconies, overlook her house. Yet, the number of people peering through these vantage points were few.

“What else did you expect?
People here know better. She (Sasikala) is a convict, who is out on parole. It hasn’t been that long (since conviction) for people to forget,” Shanmugham added.

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With emotions running low, it required individual moments of shock and awe from determined cadre to stir party workers up. When one party worker shouted “Drohi (traitor) Edappadi Chinnamma,” in a monumental slip-of-thetongue, party workers around him laughed it off. ”



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