After Amma its Chinna Amma:
Rumors are still going on over the internet, regarding the death of legend lady and the former chief minister of Tamil nadu J. Jayalalitha. On the other hand the party’s General Secretary post is being left empty, today after the meeting AIADMK decides in a meeting today to hand over the party’s reins to her closest friend Sasikala Natarajan.
SasiKala Natarajan will turn 54 on Januaray 2, she will take over as AIADMK general secretary, a post held by Ms Jayalalithaa till she died on December 5. “Like we saw MGR (MG Ramachandran) in Jayalalithaa, we see Jayalalithaa in Sasikala,” said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam, whose place in the party’s power structure has been widely speculated after emergence of Ms Natarajan.
MGR, a former Chief Minister and Jayalalithaa’s co-star in many films, was the founder of AIADMK.
Soon after the meeting, Mr Panneerselvam and other party leaders headed to the home in Poes Garden that Ms Jayalalithaa shared for decades with Ms Natarajan. Mr Panneerselvam is the first Chief Minister from AIADMK who will not be the general secretary of the party. The AIADMK chief always served as chief minister when the party has been in power – which was a given with Ms Jayalalithaa holding both posts.
Ms Natarajan was kept away from party and government functioning by Ms Jayalalithaa while she was alive, but her considerable influence over her decisions is well-known.
After Ms Jayalalithaa’s death, as lakhs paid tribute to their “Amma”, Ms Natarajan emerged as a strong presence by her side, exuding power as top party leaders, including Mr Panneerselvam, retreated to the sidelines.
Sources say Mr Panneerselvam wants to serve out his term and the BJP, which rules at the centre, too has openly said it backs the man elected by the AIADMK’s legislators as chief minister.