All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam supremo J Jayalalitha has publicly distanced herself from one-time aide M Natarajan, husband of her live-in confidante Sasikala.
"There is no truth in his claims to being close to me
or to the party," she said in a statement Friday. "There is no change in my view that Natarajan is a fraud, and party men are advised against
approaching him for the AIADMK ticket in the assembly
At some public functions, Natarajan had hinted at being
close to the AIADMK leadership and being associated
with its poll strategy. Natarajan had also declared that Jayalalitha
would not be disqualified from contesting the assembly
"It has become a habit with Natarajan to create an
impression of assisting me in poll-related work," said Jayalalitha
adding, "He has no qualms or decency to stay away despite my repeated public ridicule."
According to her, Natarajan was no longer a member of the party and she had not allowed him into her Poes Garden residence for over
Jayalalitha's public denial apart, there are
indications of Natarajan's involvement in AIADMK
affairs, with or without her knowledge.
As is known, one of those accompanying then DMK
Minister Thamizhkudimagan to Jayalalitha's residence
when he joined the AIADMK is a known associate of
Natarajan. "But we thought, Amma knew about it," quips
an AIADMK leader.
Jayalalitha disowned Natarajan after suspecting him of aiding
Janata Party president Subramaniam Swamy of trying to
topple her government in 1992.
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