AIADMK cadres on Wednesday attacked and injured the husband of expelled MP Sasikala Pushpa, who was accused of trying to create a law-and-order problem ahead of Thursday’s General Council meeting to elect a new General Secretary.
While initial reports suggested that the attacked man, who was seen bleeding profusely, was Pushpa’s lawyer, police later clarified he was her husband Lingeswara Thilagan, who has been detained for interrogation.
Police said no other person was injured.
AIADMK supporters rained blows on Thilagan, who had stayed put there despite being asked to leave, resulting in bleeding injuries on his nose.
He was rescued by police who removed him from the vicinity for first aid, even as angry men and women were seen swearing at him.
AIADMK workers started gathering at the party headquarters following information that Pushpa, earlier expelled by Jayalalithaa for anti-party activities, could come there ahead of Thursday’s General Council, possibly to seek an invitation to attend it.
It was felt that she could even try to contest for the top post.
Pushpa had been reportedly questioning Sasikala’s eligibility for appointment as the new General Secretary, a demand being made by a section of party workers.
Party spokesperson C R Saraswathy charged Pushpa with trying to create a law-and-order problem ahead of the General Council.
“Sasikala Pushpa wants to create a law-and-order problem ahead of the General Council on Thursday. Let her resign first as MP as it was Amma who made her a Rajya Sabha Member,” she said.