Jayalalithaa, who had an iron grip over the ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu, held the general secretary post for over two decades.
Sasikala’s rise to fame in Tamil Nadu politics owes less to her leadership qualities and more to the enigmatic and yet firm relationship she shared with the late chief minister.
Posters also sprung up all over Chennai hailing the party decision and congratulating Sasikala on being nominated the general secretary of AIADMK.
Justice Vaidyalingam was hearing a petition demanding an inquiry into the former chief minister Jayalalithaa’s death.
Denying that the she has been expelled from AIADMK, Pushpa asserted that she still remains party MP.
This may be an unusual way of expressing their love, but it’s not the first time that the late politician’s followers done something like this.
Sasikala Pushpa alleged that Jayalalithaa’s death must be treated “suspicious” as no one was allowed to visit her in hospital and no pictures have been made public.
To make it official, though, the party’s general council and its executive council are expected to meet in the next few days.
Throughout her long term as the party supremo, Jayalalithaa made sure there was no second-line of leadership in the party and that all decisions regarding the AIADMK would be taken by her and her alone.
Rajinikanth, however, describing Jayalalithaa a lady with a golden heart said that, when she invited her to his daughter Aishwarya’s wedding, she harboured no ill-will and graciously accepted it.
“I had hurt her. I was a key reason for her (party’s) defeat,” he said, referring to his criticism of the then AIADMK government.
For over three decades, Sasikala lived in the shadows of the late Jayalalithaa. As she now looks to step out and gain control over the AIADMK, her family, once loathed by Jayalalithaa and viewed with suspicion by others in the party, could prove the biggest hurdle.
Presence of Sasikala and her family — who go by the inglorious moniker of ‘Mannargudi Mafia’ — beside the body of Jayalalithaa has thrust this town in east Tamil Nadu into the spotlight.
, “Since the matter is sub-judice before the Supreme Court, we will inform the State government regarding the observations made by the Law Ministry,” said a senior government official.
The book will be available for tributes on Thursday and Friday between 1000 and 1200 and 1500 and 1700 GMT.