Sasikala was Amma’s conscience, will be next general secretary, party spokesperson C Ponnaiyan said.

Its decided Sasikala will be next general secretary AIADMK
news Jayalalithaa Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 12:22

Ten days after the death of former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa, party spokesperson C Ponnaiyan said that it is clear that her close aide Sasikala will be the next party general secretary.

Speaking to reporters outside the MGR memorial, where Jayalalithaa was laid to rest, Ponnaiyan on Thursday said, “It is the desire of the entire party that Chinnamma should become the General Secretary.”

He went on to say, “Chinnamma has functioned as the conscience of Amma.”

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Ponnaiyan also said that the general council and the executive council is expected to meet soon to decide on the party’s next leader. 

Over the last few days, MPs, MLAs, senior party leaders and functionaries have made a beeline to Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence “Veda Nilayam”, where Sasikala resides. From Chief Minister O Pannerselvam to Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Thambidurai have voiced their support for “Chinnamma” to take over the reins of the party. 

Visuals of party functionaries appealing to Sasikala with folded hands at the portico of Veda Nilayam were beamed on party mouthpiece Jaya TV on Saturday. The channel even went so far as to call Sasikala, “Ammaiyar” repeatedly during the course of the broadcast. 

Sasikala presently holds no posts in the party.

Not just party leaders, Jayalalithaa's nephew Deepak too has come out in support of Sasikala. His sister, Deepa Jayakumar however has staunchly opposed Sasikala.

In an interview to Junior Vikatan, Deepak said that Sasikala was with his aunt and he had no reason to suspect her.

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On December 19, 2011, Jayalalithaa had expelled Sasikala from the AIADMK’s executive council along with 13 of her close relatives. She was, however, back months later after a public written apology.

In her letter that was released to the press, Sasikala stated, “For 24 years, I have been living under the same roof. I have no ambitions either in the party or in the government. I have always devoted my life to 'akka' and the rest of my life will be to serve her.”

Jayalalithaa had occupied the post of general secretary for 27 years.