Sasikala Pushpa, an AIADMK MP who was expelled recently, on Wednesday lashed out at the party saying it is full of “slaves”.
“I don’t want to be a part of this slave gang,” the Rajya Sabha MP told reporters in New Delhi.
Ms Pushpa warned the party leadership that she will retaliate, while deploying the caste card to counter the allegations against her saying that it is her Nadar community which is being harassed.
“I will retaliate if the harassment continues as I am the one who is being harassed here. People will give a befitting reply in elections,” she said.
“I belong to Nadar community and am not sacred. People are watching all this. I have the backing of my community. Nadar community is one amongst the most powerful in the southern districts of the state,” Ms Pushpa said against the backdrop of controversies related to her expulsion and registration of a police case against her family in Tamil Nadu.
The domestic helps, who reportedly worked at Ms Pushpa’s house in Tamil Nadu, had filed a complaint to police alleging that Ms Pushpa, her husband Lingeswara Thilakan and son Pradeep Raja had tortured them.
While alleging that the maids were instigated to complain against her family, Ms Pushpa showed a letter, allegedly written by an AIADMK party worker, threatening to kill her in Delhi itself.
“If this is the type of atrocity and sufferings faced by an MP like me, just imagine the plight of grassroots-level workers and other office bearers,” she said, adding that many leaders in AIADMK are happy that she had brought these issues into the public domain.
“AIADMK leaders were wondering who would bell the cat. Now many are happy,” the MP said.
Tamil Nadu government was on Wednesday restrained by the Delhi High Court from taking any “coercive action” till today against Ms Pushpa, her husband and their son in connection with the harassment of domestic helps.
The court said this while hearing the anticipatory bail pleas of Sasikala Pushpa, her husband and son.