Sasikala Natarajan's parole ends, to return to Bengaluru central jail today

VK Sasikala leaves for jail

VK Sasikala leaves for jail

Eight months is a long time, at least in the state of Tamil Nadu where the political tide turns faster than the sea waves.

"Sasikala has returned to the prison on Thursday at around 4.30 p.m. within the stipulated time", Bengaluru Central Jail Superintendent G. Somashekar told IANS here.

Jailed AIADMK leader VK Sasikala, who was granted five-day parole to meet her ailing husband in Chennai, will return to Bengaluru's Parappana Agrahara Central jail today. Sasikala has been ousted from the post of AIADMK general secretary soon after the merger of Edappadi K.Palaniswamy and O.Panneerselvam factions.

She visited her Admitted husband M Natarajan who underwent liver and kidney transplantation at a hospital, on all five days of her parole period, including yesterday.

During her five-day parole, she stayed at the residence of Krishna Priya, daughter of her sister-in-law Ilavarasi.

After completion of her allotted parole time, Sasikala started her journey from the residence to Bangalore's Parapanagrahara prison where she is to spend three more years to complete her sentence. She named newborns of party workers during her hospital visits by halting her vehicle.

It certainly wasn't what people were used to see with Amma's arrival to any venue, but the sight of people jostling to catch a glimpse of Sasikala despite the police discouraging the crowds says a lot about her clout.

Within the first few kilometres from Krishnapriya's residence Sasikala's vehicle was stopped by women supporters who did a huge arti and broke coconuts in front of the auto.

Tear-eyed women were seen rushing to the front seat and screaming, "Chinnamma, we will be waiting for you".

Well, if this was not enough, just meters ahead of the Raj Bhavan in Chennai, the convoy was again stopped by a small group of people with the party flag in their hands and raising praises for Sasikala.

Sasikala, unlike Jayalalithaa, never enjoyed a god-like stature among people. But the party cadres still wanted to bid a happy farewell to their leader. It's hard to say anything at the moment.