All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) general secretary VK Sasikala on Sunday admitted that she became the chief minister of Tamil Nadu after request by O Panneerselvam.
“Following the demise of Amma (Jayalalithaa), it was O Panneerselvam who urged me first to take charge as the general secretary of AIADMK. It was Panneerselvam who again insisted first that I become the chief minister of the state,” Sasikala told ANI.
This latest development came hours after incumbent chief minister Panneerselvam proposed the name of Natarajan as the leader of AIADMK legislature party leader.
“AIADMK chief Sasikala Natarajan aka Chinamma all set to become the next chief minister of Tamil Nadu. AIADMK MLAs elect Sasikala Natarajan as legislative party leader. Current chief minister O Panneerselvam proposed the name of Chinnamma (Sasikala Natarajan) as the leader of AIADMK legislature party leader,” AIADMK said in a statement.
Speculations were rife that party general secretary Sasikala would be chosen as the new legislative party leader - paving the way for her to assume the chief minister’s mantle. Though many party leaders favour such a move, a few believe Panneerselvam should be retained because he is doing a good job at the helm of affairs.
Earlier, Rajya Sabha MP Sasikala Pushpa and AIADMK leader KC Palaniswamy complained to the Election Commission (EC) that Sasikala’s appointment as the party’s interim general secretary had been carried out in an undemocratic manner.
The Election Commission issued a notice to the AIADMK, seeking clarifications in this regard.
Sasikala will be the third woman chief minister of Tamil Nadu after Janaki Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa.