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Afraid of Sasikala we lied about Amma’s condition, claims Tamil Nadu minister

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Kodagu: Senior Tamil Nadu minister and AIADMK leader Dindigul Srinivasan has asked for an apology to public and AIADMK cadres for lying about Jayalalithaa’s health, after nine months of her demise following a prolonged illness.

He further said that, they were afraid of Sasikala and that’s why party leaders lied about Jayalalithaa’s health last year so that people believe that she was improving.

No one was allowed to meet the late chief minister. Whoever came, would be briefed by Sasikala’s relatives that she was “all right”, he said.

Reacting to the minister’s comments, sidelined AIADMK leader T T V Dhinakaran told reporters at Kodagu in Karnataka that they have footage of Jayalalithaa getting treatment in hospital and would hand it over at “an appropriate time”.

“We are not afraid of anything. We have the footage. And without her (Sasikala) consent, how can I give it. If there is any judicial or CBI inquiry, then we will give it at the appropriate time,” he said after meeting his 18 loyalist MLAs staying at a resort in Kodagu for the past one week.

Addressing a public meeting at Madurai late last night, Srinivasan said he was now coming out with the truth pushed by the situation.

Similarly, news about several leaders meeting Jayalalithaa in the hospital and their version that she was improving was also false, he claimed.

“It is very common that sisters who fight inside the house will appear to be friendly outside. We did not want the secret of the party to get leaked… that is why we lied,” he said.

Chief Minister K Palaniswami recently announced that a commission of inquiry would probe the death.

Present deputy chief minister and former rebel leader O Panneerselvam had pressed for a probe into the death of Jayalalithaa saying there were doubts in the minds of people.

BJP state unit president Tamilisai Soundararajan said “If there are doubts raised by (AIADMK) ministers’, my view is that the state government itself can inquire about it,” she said.

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