Panneerselvam is new Tamil Nadu CM but behind the throne is Sasikala Natarajan

The most senior leader in the cabinet who served as Chief Minister twice, Panneerselvam will be assisted by Sheela Balakrishnan as advisor.

Written by Arun Janardhanan | Chennai | Updated: December 7, 2016 1:01 pm
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J Jayalalithaa’s trusted aide and Finance Minister O Panneerselvam was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Monday night. Her close friend Sasikala Natarajan is likely to take control of the AIADMK.

Sources said Sasikala or a leader of her choice would be named the new general secretary of the party. “Panneerselvam will become the Chief Minister while Sasikala herself or M Thambidurai, AIADMK MP and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker, will be elected party general secretary,” a senior leader of the party said.

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A state minister ruled out any threat to the AIADMK. “We are the third largest party in Parliament with a total of 50 MPs in both Houses. As long as we support the BJP at the Centre, there will not be any attempt to destabilise us. Panneerselvam as Chief Minister and Thambidurai as general secretary will make the party strong.”

The most senior leader in the cabinet who served as Chief Minister twice, Panneerselvam will be assisted by Sheela Balakrishnan as advisor. Asked about a tussle between Sasikala and Panneerselvam, a senior leader said: “Sasikala has no enemies in the party now.”

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The BJP too is interested in pushing the name of Thambidurai as AIADMK general secretary. He hails from the Kongu belt in western Tamil Nadu where AIADMK has a strong cadre base, an area that ranks high in BJP’s future politics.

“Both Panneerselvam and Thambidurai will never go against the wishes of Amma. In her absence, they will listen to Chinnamma (Sasikala) provided they are given deserving posts. Sasikala will be the power centre who will have the controls from the Poes Garden residence of Jayalalithaa,” a party MP said.

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    Veerapandian
    Jan 9, 2017 at 7:08 am
    We need Big breasted sasi to breastfeed Admk
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      Lovely
      Dec 6, 2016 at 5:24 am
      Panneerselvan is soft person and Madame Sasikala ?Any guess?Hope for the best.
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        Lovely
        Dec 6, 2016 at 3:22 pm
        Planner Selvam is soft and Sasikala?
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          SubbuI
          Dec 6, 2016 at 6:13 am
          EX LIVE IN PARTENER OF DICTATOR LADY JAYALALITA. SASIKALA IS I CON WOMEN AND GANGSTER. IT IS VERY UNFORTUNATE THAT THIS CROOK WOMEN IS GOING TO RULE BY REMOTE WITH THIS SLAVE PANNER SELVAM. ALL THESE SO CALLED MLAS ND MINISTERS AND MPS HAVE TO TOUCH BOTH WOMWEN FEET WHEN EVER THEY COME TO SEE THEM. FOR 200 ACRES PRIME LAND OF SANKARALAYA NETRALAYA IN CHENNAI. WHEN THE SANKARA TRUST HEADlt;br/gt;JAYENDRA SARAWATHI REFUCE TO PART WITH THE LAND THIS CON WOMEN HAD ARRESTED HIM ON FALSE MURDERE CASE. EVENTUALLY SANKARACHARYA GOT AQUITED AT THE END AND JAYLALITA LOST EMBLY ELECTIONS THAT YEAR. lt;br/gt;THE GOON SASIKALA ALONG WITH THE COACCUSED FAMILY MMBERS ALONG WITH JAYALALITA IN SEVERAL CASES MUST BE IMPRISONED AND PUNISHEDlt;br/gt;TAMIL NADU MUST BE SAVED FROM THE GUNDA RAJ
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            Arun Murthy
            Dec 6, 2016 at 7:57 am
            Sooner or later, there will be drama at Poes Garden like what happened with NTR. Only, we need to see who will win the tussle.
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              askme
              Dec 6, 2016 at 9:41 am
              AIADMK will not last its full term - JJ made sure there are no second rung leaders - all are like timid squirrels huddling together...
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                Balgit
                Dec 6, 2016 at 2:22 am
                This is what happens if we encourage personality cult. One the leader falls, it will take the party and the country down along with it.
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                  dhiraj
                  Dec 7, 2016 at 3:10 pm
                  now its going to be modi backed govt of tamilnadu.....and we can see lots of messy things go to happen
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