Sasikala to lead AIADMK

Chennai: The AIADMK has announced that Chinnamma, as Sasikala Natarajan is called, would take the reins of the party very soon. Chinnamma, 54, was very close to periamma J Jayalalithaa who passed away ten days ago. She would be taking over as General Secretary very soon, said AIADMK spokesman C Ponnaiyan on Thursday here. “It is the desire of the entire party. Sasikala has functioned as the conscience of Amma”, he said.

Jayalalithaa, the supreme leader of AIADMK, was called Amma, mother, by the devoted supporters of the party. She died of cardiac arrest on 5th December 2016 at Apollo Hospitals where she had been under treatment for 74 days since September 22.

Sasikala Natarajan who lived with Jayalalithaa for more than 30 years in the huge palatial bungalow at Poes Garden is called Chinnamma, mother’s younger sister. Jayalalithaa was succeeded by her loyalist O Pannerselvam who was given oath of office for the third time. He was made chief minister twice during Jayalalithaa’s tenure when she had to demit office on account of court strictures.  

The enigmatic Sasikala played a major role in Jayalalithaa’s life and death. She was the only point of contact for the outside world as well as for the party MLAs during Jayalalithaa’s hospitalisation. The VIPs who went to Apollo Hospitals to see Jayalalithaa while she was undergoing treatment had to meet Sasikala and go back without seeing the ailing chief minister. There have been a number of complaints against Sasikala saying that she was responsible for the death of Purutchi Talaivi (The Revolutionary Leader) as Jayalalithaa was called.

Film actor Gauthami wrote to the Prime Minister requesting him to order a probe into the circumstances that led to the chief minister’s demise. She questioned the veil of secrecy around the departed leader. A voluntary organization based in Chennai filed a writ petition in Supreme Court begging for an inquiry.

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