VK Sasikala: I never thought this year will turn out to be so challenging

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Jayalalithaa’s close confidante Sasikala said how every year until her death in 2016, her birthday was celebrated with a lot of zeal but she never thought that this year would be so tough in her absence.(PTI)

Late Jayalalithaa turned 69 today and on the eve of her birth anniversary, AIADMK chief VK Sasikala said that she was ‘lonely’ in the absence of her long time leader and predecessor. In a message which was sent to the party workers by Sasikala who is serving her jail term in connection to the Disproportionate Assets case has urged party workers to work tirelessly in public interest and uphold Jayalalithaa’s legacy. Jayalalithaa’s close confidante Sasikala said how every year until her death in 2016, her birthday was celebrated with a lot of zeal but she never thought that this year would be so tough in her absence.

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Referring to Amma she further said that the fact that she isn’t around makes her sad and after being a part of her birthday celebrations for 33 years, this year she feels lonely and all her thoughts revolve around her. She said that Jayalalithaa was a popular leader and anyone who had known her would remember her for the rest of life. Sasikala remembers Jayalalithaa as a leader who had united the party after the death of its founder MG Ramachandran in 1987 and how tactfully she managed various challenges with sheer hard work, compassion and love.

Sasikala said that the event which intends to celebrate the 69th birth anniversary of the Tamil Nadu leader should be done to uphold her fame and Amma’s government should take the step to deliver more pro-people initiatives in order to serve the people. Sasikala encouraged the party workers to work for the welfare of the poor and conduct mass feeding and erect portrait and statues of the late Chief Minister as a gesture of tribute, PTI reported.

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