TN Gets a New Amma. Sasikala Set to be CM

Ex­pected to be sworn in on Feb 9, evokes con­trast­ing re­ac­tions on so­cial me­dia OPS re­signs from CM post cit­ing “per­sonal rea­sons”

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Chen­nai: VK Sasikala, gen­eral sec­re­tary of the rul­ing AIADMK, has ac­cepted her party’s re­quest to take over as the chief min­is­ter of Tamil Nadu.Along-term­com­pan­ionof for­mer chief min­is­ter the late J Jay­alalithaa, Sasikala was elected as leader of the AIADMK leg­isla­tive party on Sun­day.

Chief min­is­ter O Pan­neer­sel­vam ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion in the evening cit­ing “per­sonal rea­sons”.

In his let­ter sent to the gov­er­nor, Pan­neer­sel­va­mal­sosought­tore­lieve the­coun­cilof min­is­ter­sap­point­edby him by Mon­day.

Sasikala is ex­pected to swear in as chief min­is­ter on Fe­bru­ary 9, which is an aus­pi­cious day, a se­nior party rep­re­sen­ta­tive said. “A for­mal an­nounce­ment will be made soon,” the per­son said.

Ac­tion­start­edear­lyinthe­day­when the en­tire Tamil Nadu cab­i­net led by Pan­neer­sel­vam reached Poes Gar­den — t he r e s i d e nce o f Jay­alalithaawhereSasikalais­putup — and held a meet­ing with the party leader for about an hour and a half.

La­terinthe­daythem­i­nis­ter­sjoined ameetingof par­tyMLAsatAIADMK head­quar­ter­swherePan­neer­sel­vam an­nounced the res­o­lu­tion nam­ing Sasikala as leg­isla­tive party leader. On a day when so­cial me­dia was crit­i­cis­ing her and a Twit­ter hash­tag “TNsaysNo2Sasi” was trend­ing, her party MLAs were ap­plaud­ing Sasikala’s ac­cep­tance speech.

She promised to “ful­fil the dreams of Amma (Jay­alalithaa)” and that “the AIADMK-led gov­ern­ment will work for the peo­ple” in her brief ad­dress to party MLAs at the party head­quar­ters be­fore leav­ing amid cheers from sup­port­ers gath­ered in and around the party head­quar­ters.

Op­po­si­tion par­ties joined the tirade against Sasikala’s el­e­va­tion.

“This is against the wishes of not just the peo­ple of TN but against the wishes of Jay­alalithaa her­self be­causeSasikalawas some­one who even Jay­alalithaa had not given any of­fi­cial po­si­tion or party re­spon­si­bil­ity,” said M K Stalin, leader of op­po­si­tion in the state as­sem­bly. “The DMK will face this move demo­crat­i­cally in the forth­com­ing elec­tions,” he told re­porters.

There were con­trast­ing re­ac­tions on so­cial me­dia. While Sasikala’s Twit­ter han­dle was im­me­di­ately re­ferred to as @CMOTamil­nadu, sev­eral tweets crit­i­cis­ing her started trend­ing.Thede­vel­op­ment­mark­san end to Sasikala’s role as a be­hind-thescenes ac­tor in TN pol­i­tics.

Prom­ises to “ful­fil the dreams of Amma (Jaya)” Mar­ried to M Natara­jan, in­for­ma­tion & pub­lic­ity of­fi­cer with TN govt

Sas­sikala Sasikala was run­ning a video cam­era rental shop then. She be­gan ac­com­pa­ny­ing Jaya to func­tions to video­graph Jaya’s speeches

1983

in­tro­duced to Jay­alalithaa.

Jaya faced hos­til­ity from ADMK lead­ers on MGR’s death. Sasikala stood by Jaya & soon moved into Poes Gar­den

Jaya be­came CM & Sasikala be­came a close aide

Jaya adopted Sasikala’s nephew Sud­hakaran

1995

Jaya dis­owned Sud­hakaran. Sasikala named co-ac­cused in dis­pro­por­tion­ate as­sets case along with Jaya

AIADMK re­turned to power & Sasikala con­tin­ued to re­main close to Jaya

Sasikala ousted from Poes Gar­den. Re­ports emerge that Sasikala was con­spir­ing with her rel­a­tives & act­ing against Jaya

Sasikala re­turned to Poes Gar­den af­ter un­con­di­tional apol­ogy to Jaya

Sasikala rushed an ail­ing Jaya to hos­pi­tal and re­mained by her side

af­ter Jaya’s demise, Sasikala unan­i­mously ap­pointed Gen­eral Secy of AIADMK

Sasikala unan­i­mously named the leg­isla­tive party leader of the AIADMK paving way for tak­ing over as next CM

Sasikala leaves af­ter at­tend­ing the party MLA’s meet­ing at AIADMK head­quar­ters in Chen­nai.

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