CHENNAI: Former chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s close aide and former general secretary of AIADMK, VK Sasikala, would not be able to vote in the assembly election on Tuesday as her name has been deleted from the voters’ list.
The names of 18 others, who lived in Veda Nilayam, the residence of the former chief minister, have also been removed from the list.
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Officials justified the deletion of the names of 19 people saying that “Veda Nilayam” was no more a private property as the state government had taken over that. Moreover, none of them are residing there at present.
Sasikala’s relative Ilavarasi, Jayalalithaa’s cook Rajammal and several others belong to this list.
Until Sasikala’s imprisonment in 2017 in the wealth case, she was residing at Veda Nilayam in Poes Garden and used to vote along with Jayalalithaa at nearby Stella Maris College.
She was released form Bengaluru prison in January and she returned to Chennai on February 8 this year. She is staying with a relative in T Nagar at present.
Shocked over the deletion of the names of Sasikala and 18 others from the voters’ list, AMMK candidate for Thousand Lights N Vaidhyanathan on Monday petitioned the Election Commission of India (ECI), Tamil Nadu state chief electoral officer (CEO), and the commissioner of Greater Chennai Corporation demanding that the elections be postponed until their names are added in the list.
He said the names were deleted with ulterior motives and said it amounted to violation of their fundamental rights.
“We had taken the issue to the notice of ECI two weeks ago and requested to include the names of Sasikala and others in the voters’ list. But nothing happened. So, I have petitioned the ECI to postpone the election,” he said. The TN government had promulgated an ordinance to take over Veda Nilayam in May last year. A senior officer in Chennai corporation said their names were removed from the list before the 2019 LS polls itself. CEO Satyabrata Sahoo was unavailable for comments.