AIADMK cadres on Wednesday attacked and injured the husband of expelled MP Sasikala Pushpa, who was accused of trying to create a law-and-order problem ahead of Thursday’s General Council meeting to elect a new General Secretary.
Pushpa has filed a complaint with the Chennai in this matter, according to ANI.
Sasikala Pushpa’s husband Lingeswara Thilagan got hurt in the scuffle and the clashes were contained only after the Chennai police intervened and escorted Thilagan, also an AIADMK member for treatment at a nearby hospital, according to NDTV. Thilagan, along with a team of four lawyers had went to the AIADMK office to file her candidature for the post of party general secretary.
While initial reports suggested that the attacked man, who was seen bleeding profusely, was Pushpa’s lawyer, police later clarified he was her husband, who has been detained for interrogation. Police said no other person was injured.
AIADMK supporters rained blows on Thilagan, who had stayed put there despite being asked to leave, resulting in bleeding injuries on his nose. He was rescued by police who removed him from the vicinity for first aid, even as angry men and women were seen swearing at him.
AIADMK workers started gathering at the party headquarters following information that Pushpa, earlier expelled by Jayalalithaa for anti-party activities, could come there ahead of the General Council, possibly to seek an invitation to attend it.
A good number of policemen were deployed already outside the AIADMK office in the morning, anticipating her arrival. However, her supporters and lawyers turned up at the party office shouting slogans and angering the party cadres which in turn resulted in a clash.
The party meeting scheduled for Thursday is likely to see the formal election of Jayalaithaa’s close confidante Sasikala Natarajan as the next general secretary of the party. However, chaos brewed outside the office as reportedly, a team of lawyers representing Pushpa reached the office and demanded that Pushpa be allowed to attend the Thursday’s meet.