Senior AIADMK leader asks Sasikala to become Tamil Nadu CM

Senior party leader and Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha M Thambidurai has reasoned that it was unwise for the party and government to have separate power centres

Senior AIADMK leader asks Sasikala to become Tamil Nadu CM

Two days after VK Sasikala aka Sasikala Natarajan took charge as the AIADMK general secretary, senior party leader and Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha M Thambidurai on Monday asked her to head the Tamil Nadu government as the Chief Minister.

He reasoned that it was unwise for the party and government to have separate power centres.

“The unfinished tasks of the party and the government, as expected by Puratchi Thalaivi Amma [Jayalalithaa], will be completed only when the leadership of the party and the leadership of the government are in the hand of one person,” Thambidurai, also party’s propaganda secretary, said in a release, according to a report in

The Hindu.

"Governments have lost their credibility among the people, when the leadership of the party and the leadership of the government was in the hands of two different persons," he reportedly said.

He also said that with the general election just two years away, it is imperative for the AIADMK to ensure it delivers on the promises of J Jayalalithaa, who died as the Chief Minister last month. With 37 MPs, the party is an important player, especially in the Rajya Sabha, where the government is in a minority.

O Panneerselvam, who became the Chief Minister after Jayalalithaa’s demise, has not commented so far on today's call for him to step down for Sasikala.

Sasikala, it is alleged, had orchestrated the oath-taking of Panneerselvam as Chief Minister just hours after Jayalalithaa died, with critics suggesting that she wanted to control the transfer of power to ensure the AIADMK remained united with a central role for her.

Recently, Revenue Minister Udayakumar launched the campaign asking her to become the Chief Minister.