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”
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
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
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.