Sasikala to take over as chief minister of Tamil Nadu? suspense mounts

The sudden meeting has added fuel to the speculation that Sasikala may take over O Panneerselvam as Chief Minister.

Sasikala to take over as chief minister of Tamil Nadu? suspense mounts

Amid huge speculation that Sasikala Natarajan would take over as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, AIADMK on Sunday holds an internal meeting, in which party leaders would decide whether the party's general secretary would replace O Pannerselvam as CM of the state.

According to an NDTV report, a section of the party leaders claim that it is the agenda of the meet, another plays down the possibility, saying the meeting is meant to improve the coordination between the party and the government.

The report added that some leaders have indicated Sasikala is likely to be chosen legislature party leader at today's meeting and her formal takeover of the top job could happen later this week, which is expected on February 9 and 10.

Meanwhile, late J. Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar expressed that she is against the move to make Sashikala as CM. In an interview with
India Today
, she said that she is totally against it and neither people of Tamil Nadu are going to accept this. “I would never imagine of something bad as this happen to the people of Tamil Nadu,” she said comparing it to be as similar as a ‘military take-over’ and not a democratic decision at all.

In January, Deepa had made an official announcement of entering into politics on the centenary birth anniversary of AIADMK founder MG Ramachandran. She had also said, “I will make my next announcement on Jayalalithaa’s birthday.”

Speaking to media, she announced that all plans will depend on her supporters and said that a lot of changes have happened in Tamil Nadu politics over the recent past. She also claimed that people, especially young people demanded that she should enter politics. “I wish to protect the belief that people have placed on me,” Deepa had said.