Sasikala Natarajan was unanimously elected as the Legislative Party leader of the AIADMK on Sunday. She was elected in an AIADMK party meeting in Chennai. As predicted, Sasikala can now replace O Panneerselvam as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu however it was Panneerselvam who suggested the name of VKSasikala as the leader of AIADMK legislature party leader.
The decision comes a day after three top officials appointed by ex-CM Jayalalithaa were removed from Chief Minister’s office. Sasikala was appointed the General Secretary of the party by the general consent of the body General Council on December 29 following which she took charge of the post on December 31.
Sasikala on Friday had appointed senior leaders to the key posts of the party. This includes some former Ministers K A Sengottaiyan, S Gokula Indira and B V Ramana and ex-Mayor Saidai S Duraisamy were made the AIADMK’s Organisation Secretaries.
On Friday, she also announced the removal of Ambattur MLA V Alexander as AIADMK’s MGR Youth Wing Secretary though he will be the party’s Tiruvallore (East) District Secretary.
Notably, according to reports from CNN-News18, Sasikala could take over as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu soon next week, top AIADMK leaders confirmed. AIADMK spokesperson CR Saraswathi also assured that a decision with regard to the elevation of Sasikala would be taken on Sunday at a meeting of party MLAs in Chennai.
As per speculations, Sasikala was to be the next Chief Minister of the State and there was very little doubts about that. However, it is to be noted that Sasikala’s becoming the next leader of Tamil Nadu has also catalysed by the mass Jallikattu protests.
“I made the AIADMK government fight for this cause (Jallikattu). I sent AIADMK MPs to meet the Prime Minister and Home Minister in person to request them (Centre) to permit the conduct of Jallikattu in the state. I asked the Chief Minister to meet the Prime Minister to talk about the issue,” she said in a statement issued soon after the CM landed back from his Delhi visit during the Jallikattu row.