The news does not come as a surprise that Sasikala Natarajan has been appointed as head of the ruling party, AIADMK. Sasikala, who has been Jayalalithaa’s long-time friend and political aide, is referred to as Chinamma while Jayalalithaa was fondly called Amma.
After Jayalalithaa’s death, it was predicted by many that Sasikala would take her place. The news comes a day after party functionaries stepped up pressure on her.”
The national executive party members from various sectors & districts including called on her at the Poes Garden residence of Jayalalithaa and urged her to guide the party at this “critical juncture after Amma’s passing away,” the party said here.
But Sasikala is said to be keeping a “total silence on the issue”, Ponnaiyan added.
Leaders of alliance parties including CK Tamilarasan-led Republican Party of India, and legislator S Karunas-led Mukkalathor Puli Padai met and requested Sasikala to take on the top job of the AIADMK.
Expelled Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) parliamentarian Sasikala Pushpa has said it would be wrong to nominate Sasikala Natrajan as the general secretary since she was expelled by late chief minister J. Jayalalithaa for conspiring against her.
“It would be too wrong to nominate Sasikala Natrajan as the general secretary of the party. Because no where madam (Jayalalithaa) has mentioned her name. She has not even given her a councilor or an MLA seat. It shows that political life is not fit for her. She was earlier expelled by Amma for conspiring against her and trying to kill her,” Pushpa told ANI.
Pushpa demanded a judicial inquiry into the death of Jayalalithaa “since the time she was admitted into the hospital, there was no transparency about the status of her health.”
“What happened to Jayalalithaa is something everybody is questioning. Even the cadres feel the same,” she added.
Sasikala said she has filed a case in the Madras High Court stating that the election of general secretary of the AIDMK be done in a democratic manner.
The AIADMK on Thursday said Sasikala Natarajan, the confidante of Jayalalithaa, will be the party’s next general secretary.
“It is clear that Chinnamma (Sasikala) will be the next general secretary of the party,” said AIADMK spokesperson C. Ponnaiyan.