Sasikala To Take Over As General Secretary of AIADMK
Chennai: Sasikala Natarajan will take over the reins of AIADMK on Saturday when she assumes office as General Secretary. She would be filling the place occupied by J Jayalalithaa for 28 years. Sasikala had lived with the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu for more than three decades.
Chief Minister O Panneerselvan gave Sasikala a letter at Poes Garden on Thursday stating that she was unanimously elected as General Secretary of the ruling party. OPS had maintained the same old demeanour with a face sans smile or expression while handing over the letter to Chinnamma, as Sasikala is popularly known. Whether Chinnamma would occupy the chair of Amma at the secretariat also by unseating the incumbent chief minister immediately or wait for some time is a matter of anybody’s guess.
There were violent scenes at the party headquarters the other day when Rajya Sabha Member Sasikala Pushpa’s husband Lingeswar was beaten up by Chinnamma’s followers when he tried to submit a nomination for the post of General Secretary.
CR Saraswati, a spokesperson of the AIADMK found fault with the comments passed by a Madras High Court judge suspecting the circumstances that led to the death of Jayalalithaa. She said the judge should have kept the feelings of the party workers while commenting on the demise of Amma. Saraswati asked why should the leaders of the AIADMK lie for 75 days about Anna’s death. The judge said he also had some doubts about the way the treatment of Jayalalithaa was kept under wraps. ‘Why not the court order that the body be exhumed,’ he asked loudly.
Leaders of the opposition parties like Stalin, Vaigo and Ramdas also demanded that a commission be appointed to probe into the death of Purutchi Talaivi. They said the government of Tamil Nadu had announced the death and not the hospital. They demanded that the footage of the film taken at the hospital be released.