Vivekanandan Krishnaveni Sasikala, now known as Sasikala Natarajan after her marriage, is an Indian politician and business woman. She was born in Thiruthuraipoondi, Thiruvar district, Tamil Nadu to parents Vivekanandan (Father) and Krishnaveni (Mother). She is also known as Chinnamma. She later moved to Mannargudi and married a Public Relations officer in the Tamil Nadu government M. Natarajan. Her husband was very close to District Collector of Cuddalore, V.S Chandralekha, who was a close friend of the Chief Minister M.G Ramachandran. Sasikala met Jayalalitha in the early 1980s after her husband requested V.S Chandralekha, his close friend to arrange a meeting with her.

She was the Propaganda Secretary of Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam. Her work included recording the videos of party functions. Jayalalitha and Sasikala became close friends later. Since then became a close aide of the then Chief Minister Late Jayalalitha. In December 2011, Jayalalitha expelled Sasikala Natarajan along with her husband M. Natarajan and 13 other including her relatives from AIADMK on charges of working against Jayalalitha. The issue got resolved in 2012, and Sasikala rejoined the party after writing an apology. After Jayalalitha’s death, on December 5th, 2016 the AIADMK general council assembly elected Sasikala as the party’s general secretary unanimously. Later on 5th, February 2017, Sasikala was appointed as the AIADMK Legislature Party Leader.

Tamil Nadu Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao welcomed the resignation of O. Panneerselvam on 6th, February 2017. Sasikala along with Ilavarasi (her sister-in-law), and V.N Sudhakaran (her nephew) was accused and found guilty of conspiring and laundering illicit wealth worth of 66.44 crore rupees in the 1990s in a criminal plot with Jayalalitha. She had been sentenced to four years of jail along with a fine of 10 crore rupees. This incident ended her ambitions to become the Chief Minister of the state of Tamil Nadu. Renowned Bollywood filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma has announced a new project covering the life of Sasikala and the things she did to enter Tamil Nadu politics. She is the aunt of politician T.T.V. Dhinakaran. Apart from being a politician and a leader, she runs a business. She has been witnessed providing advice and help to the former Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Jayalalitha.

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