Sasikala Pushpa to join Congress?

Sasikala Pushpa to join Congress?

Expelled AIADMK Rajya Sabha MP M Sasikala Pushpa on Monday did not give any indication about her joining any political party but thanked Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi for their support.

The Rajya Sabha on Monday witnessed dramatic scenes as AIADMK member Sasikala Pushpa alleged that there was a threat to her life. She also alleged that she was under pressure to quit from the Upper House.

Minutes after her assertion, the AIADMK announced that she was expelled from the party for ‘bringing a bad name’ to the party by slapping DMK MP Tiruchi Siva.

An unsung MP from Tamil Nadu till three days back, Sasikala became known to the wider world when she hit the headlines for thrashing an MP, Tiruchi Siva, from rival DMK at security check at IGI airport in New Delhi, because she claimed the MP from the other party had exceeded all limits in criticising Amma and her government.

Pushpa said in the Rajya Sabha: “If a leader can slap an MP… Where is human dignity? In Tamil Nadu I have no safety. I am being compelled to resign from a parliamentary post by my leader.”

Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said the Chairman was custodian of all members of the House and he will protect her too. He, however, asked her not to mention anyone’s name who cannot come to the House to defend himself or herself.

But the opposition, including Congress, protested, saying she should be allowed to make her full submission. Under the law, an MP can retain his seat after being expelled by the party on whose ticket he had won.