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Jayalalitha and Shasikala Friendship: The Real Reason Behind Their Intriguing Relationship



The relationship between Late Jayalalitha and Shashikala has been one of the most fascinating mysteries of the Indian political history. It is quite obvious that Jayalalitha never need the support of Shashikala as far as her political fight is concerned. And, Jayalalitha was a complete politician. Yet, what stretches credulity is the fact that she relied heavily on Shashikala in making even mundane decisions. The relationship had also led to resentment among many of Amma’s hardcore loyalists. After her death, people are still wondering what Shashikala will do – with Amma’s huge property which has been left without a clear cut heir as well as her political legacy.


Jayalalitha has always been considered as aloof and completely reserved person. She had even gone to the extent of breaking all relations with her own brother Jayakumar for the sake of a foster son Sudhakaran whom she later disowned. But, the same Jayalalitha had started to show lots of trust to Shashikala. Even few months of acrimony of 2011 when Shashikala was thrown out of the party couldn’t make any dent in this long and strong relationship.





Shashikala and Natarajan


After the crushing defeat of Jayalalitha in 1996 Assembly election, AIADMK loyalists had blamed Shashikala for the debacle. In fact, at that time, Jayalalitha was not only a hated figure in Tamil Nadu, but had become an icon of corrupt politician throughout India. The lavish marriage she had organized for her foster and later disowned son Sudhakaran is still being discussed how not to show your power and money. But, there lies another angle. That is about Shashikala husband Natarajan.


In an interview with The Hindu after her crushing defeat of 1996 and when Shashikala was jailed by Karunanidhi for breaking FERA norms, Jayalalitha disclosed the crux of this relationship. She said that like everyone she also needs the support of a person to run the household, to take care of personal stuffs. It is because of Shashikala that she started to give full time to politics. She further added that Natarajan had become a sort of financial manager for her. However, later she felt that Natarajan had overstepped his authority, she asked him to leave the house and never return. Natarajan did the same. On her part, Shashikala remained in the house and so many of her family members.
It was quite ‘foolish’ of Amma to think that her dear friend Shashikala will break all relations with Natarajan, her husband, who is living in the same city.


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Natarajan has come to limelight again after the sad demise of Amma. He is taking too much interest in the day to day affairs of AIADMK which proves that he was never away from all these political stuffs. He was just remotely managing everything through Shashikala. It was entirely his decision to not let Deepa, the niece of Jayalalitha, to come close to her and even not letting her to see Amma in the hospital.



Some Tamil Nadu based veteran journalists also believe that there was financial web in which both Shashikala and Amma was trapped. Shashikala knew so much about Amma that it was not possible for Amma to let Shashikala go. Needless to say, Shashikala and Natarajan were making this financial web for their own sake and fortune as everything left by Jayalalitha seems to be going in hands of Mannargudi Mafia.  

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