Sasikala should lead AIADMK: Tamil Nadu CM O Panneerselvam

Sasikala, 60, has been a close aide of Jayalalithaa for three decades and has always been seen as a power centre in the party.

By: PTI | Chennai | Published:December 11, 2016 1:39 am
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Strongly backing late Jayalalithaa’s long time aide Sasikala, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam today said she should become general secretary and lead the AIADMK.

“There is no second opinion on the issue. If anyone has second thoughts, they are not true AIADMK workers,” Jaya Plus Tamil TV channel reported Panneerselvam as saying.

He said Sasikala shared Jayalalithaa’s grief, she lived with her as her trusted aide and was like a sister. She imbibed the thoughts and working style of Jayalalithaa by being with her for over 30 years. She lived like Jayalalithaa’s shadow “till Amma’s death,” he said.

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“Like Amma, Chinnamma (as Sasikala is referred to by party workers) knows each and every party worker. To ensure continuance of the party’s functioning with the same level of discipline one can find in the army, brought about by Amma, the only way out in the present situation is for Chinnamma to become the general secretary and lead the party,” he said.

“To fill the void in the party created by the demise of Amma, AIADMK senior party leaders and ministers have urged Chinnamma to take on the mantle of general secretary,” he said.

Panneerselvam, also the party Treasurer, praised Sasikala for steadfastly supporting Jayalalithaa till the end. He condemned criticism against Sasikala from certain quarters and said “rumours will not succeed.”

Earlier, a plea urging her to step into the shoes of Jayalalithaa was made by a delegation of leaders including AIADMK presidium chairman E Madhusudanan and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Thambidurai when they called on Sasikala at the Poes Garden residence of the late chief minister.

A host of state ministers, including Dindigul C Srinivasan and Electricity Minister P Thangamani expressed similar sentiments in interviews to the channel.

The leaders who called on Sasikala included former Ministers K A Sengottaiyan, B Valarmathi, Gokula Indira, former Chennai Mayor Saidai Duraisamy, party spokesperson C R Saraswathy and senior leader A Tamil Magan Hussain.

Sasikala, 60, has been a close aide of Jayalalithaa for three decades and has always been seen as a power centre in the party.

AIADMK Organisational Secretary C Ponnaiyan said there was nothing wrong in the Chief Minister and key party leaders consulting her. He had also asserted that the General Secretary would be elected soon and party remained united.

Jaya Plus Television Channel, a pro-AIADMK Tamil News channel, aired the opinions of several AIADMK functionaries and state ministers, who lent support for Sasikala and urged her to assume the top party position soon.

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    Abhinav Gour
    Dec 12, 2016 at 1:29 am
    I don't undrstand in what criteria O Paneerselvam is asking sasikala to take the general secretary power to lead the party. Please stop calling Sasikala as chinnamma.
  2. S
    Dec 11, 2016 at 5:35 am
    Dear who so ever concerned.A party exists because it has to serve the people.You cannot do it with less educated people just because they are close to JJ. Every one loves JJ but this is not the way you keep her soul;br/gt;Chief minister saying that sasikala must lead is ridiculous as if he himself is unfit in the mean time.PaneerSelvam must stand up to the occasion or choose any other film Hero to lead the party. This is really pathetic way of running;br/gt;May JJ's soul rest in peace,why should she p away this way?how can low caliber people run the AIADMK like JJ did?she was an amazing leader, beyond comparison and beyond perceivable.
  3. S
    Dec 11, 2016 at 2:55 pm
    Its time for Deepa to step up.Everything was rushed up in JJ's case, her funeral and last rites.This is an insult to JJ's family. Deepa Jayakumar must use social media and all venues to bring justice to her aunt,she must stand as an Independent in upcoming elections, highlight the injustice done to her aunt.Poes Gardens was her ancestral property,she must get all the property that JJ left behind,remove Sasikala out of any morsel of land/property that JJ;br/gt;lt;br/gt;JJ was known for her stubbornness and getting things done at no matter what cost, come on Deepa, standup for the occasion,come what may, prove a point, atleast give a fight.Do justice to your own Aunt, your own blood.
  4. S
    Dec 11, 2016 at 2:20 pm
    San,Because political parties in TN have shown a traditional inclination to film personalities.Thanks for not understanding the sarcasm in what I said. If pannerselvam cannot standup, he can get some one else to standup for the party who is a hero/known face.But not Sasikala who was not even a college grad.
  5. S
    Dec 11, 2016 at 6:14 am
    But why film hero? This shows your immaturity....
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