AIADMK functionaries ask Sasikala to take charge as general secretary
VK Sasikala earlier held meetings with the state ministers at Jayalalithaa's house in Poes Garden, Chennai
Days after the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, AIADMK Senior functionaries have reportedly asked Sasikala, the long-time associate of Jayalalithaa, to take charge as the general secretary of the party.
Senior functionaries of AIADMK urge Thirumathi Sasikala to lead the party on the path shown by Puratchi Thalaivi Amma.
— AIADMK (@AIADMKOfficial) December 10, 2016
VK Sasikala earlier held meetings with the state ministers at Jayalalithaa's house in Poes Garden, Chennai, reports said.
There were also reports that Sasikala is planning to contest from RK Nagar constituency, which has become vacant after death of Jayalalithaa.
Senior AIADMK leader C Ponnaiyan earlier said the party will act in a democratic manner and the members of the General body will then decide the leader, PTI reported.
Dismissing reports of dissent and issues within the party, C Ponnaiyan said that MGR and Amma aatma will guide the party in selecting new the general secretary and there is no competition for this post.
Meanwhile, the meeting of top ministers and other government officials including police officers with Sasikala had raised criticism from different corners.
[caption id="attachment_335332" align="aligncenter" width="500"] However, some AIADMK leaders believe that Sasikala may not take over the reins of the party immediately as she has ambitions to be part of government. Photo: AIADMK Twitter[/caption]
"Why can't they meet Sasikala Amma? What is wrong in meeting her? She is an important person in the party. The CM is part of the government, but he is also part of the party. The party's affairs have to go on and he needs to discuss about the party," Ponnaiyan asked.
However, when as asked about the role of Sasikala's husband Natarajan and other family members in the party, Ponnaiyan said this is an unnecessary question. “The party is led and guarded by over 1.5 crore members,” he said.