Sasikala, 60, is lodged at the women's cell in the Central Jail in Bengaluru, after she was sentenced to four years imprisonment in the Disproportionate Assets Case. Her cellmate is sister-in-law Ilavarasi.
While Chinnamma has company within the jail, she also support from her supporters who chosen to stay put in places in and around Parappana Agrahara. Hotels and apartments around the Parappana Agrahara in Bengaluru outskirts have witnessed full bookings.
Most of the supporters who have identified with the Sasikala Camp had arrived by noon and checked into closeby hotels. Kovai Chandran, who was the first among the supporters to land in the City, says, he had asked his friends living in flats in Electronic City and in the surrounding areas to arrange for a stay; and 9 leaders checked into Lemon Tree hotel in Electronic City Phase 1 on Wednesday.
"For us, Chinnamma is equally important. Like how Amma helped poor Tamil Nadu residents by announcing various beneficiary schemes she (Sasikala) will also do the same. We will wait until she returns. Nine of our local leaders are here to express solidarity and will return to Chennai soon. There are sources who will give us daily inputs on her health and her mental status," added Chandran.
The Lemon Tree Hotel which usually charges Rs4,236 per person excluding taxes was happy to host these leaders. A hotel staff says, the leaders had made the payment in advance. Few of them left for Chennai early morning saying they would return after the swearing-in ceremony of the new chief minister, Edappadi Palanisamy, also from the Sasikala camp.
Similarly, Senthilnathan from Dharmapuri recalled Jayalalithaa's visit to Bengaluru two years ago in same case. "Whenever our leaders come here to face the court and also jail, we stay in nearby hotels to extend support as we feel, the support will give our leaders to fight these cases and come out clean," said Senthilnathan, who along with two of his friends stayed at KEYS hotel on Hosur Main Road.
As many of the leaders are expected to return along with Chief Minister E Palaniswamy to meet Sasikala in the Central Jail, in Bengaluru, on Thursday late night or on Friday, the hotels are looking forward to doing some good business. Anticipating more crowd and a possible law and order situation, the Bengaluru city and Bengaluru rural police have already taken precautionary measures.
A senior police from Bengaluru City mentioned that the security system has been upped and in case there is confirmation of more leaders coming in, police would also put in additional Karnataka Reserve Police Force along the areas surrounding the jail and even in hotels close to the Parapanna Agrahara in order to maintain law and order.