Sasikala will be new Tamil Nadu chief minister

Feb 5, 2017
VK Sasikala, the AIADMK general secretary and close aide of late Jayalalithaa. Photo by PTI
VK Sasikala, the AIADMK general secretary and close aide of late Jayalalithaa. Photo by PTI

Tamil Nadu is all set to have a new chief minister in VK Sasikala.

The AIADMK general secretary was unanimously elected as the legislative party leader after chief minister O Panneerselvam resigned, and then proposed her name for the top post.

Party sources said Sasikala is expected to take oath either on Monday or Feb 9. She will also meet governor C Vidyasagar Rao, and stake claim to form the state government.

The decision to elect Sasikala – a close aide of late chief minister J Jayalalithaa – to the post was taken at an emergency meeting convened at the party headquarters.

“It was Panneerselvam who had first persuaded me to become the chief minister and general secretary as well when Jayalalithaa passed away,” Sasikala told party legislators.

The MLAs meeting began nearly 45 minutes behind schedule on account of a preliminary meeting that was held at Sasikala’s Poes Gardens residence. Sources said the preliminary meeting ran for over two hours.

After the death of Jayalalithaa on Dec 5 last year, the AIADMK party cadre looked up to aide and friend Sasikala, who was believed to be behind many of Amma’s decisions. A resolution was passed accordingly and “Chinamma” was made the party general secretary.

Many senior party leaders, including the Lok Sabha deputy speaker M Thambidurai had also requested Sasikala to take over as the Tamil Nadu chief minister.

Her election to the top in the party was opposed by the expelled party leader Sasikala Pushpa, and Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar, who staked claim to Amma’s political legacy and will announce her plans on Feb 24. –Hindustan Times

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