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Sasikala to AIADMK: Don’t let enemies exploit crisis after Jayalalithaa’s death

AIADMK chief VK Sasikala told party members on Monday to ensure that “enemies” did not exploit the “crisis” created by the “sudden” demise of her predecessor and late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa. Sasikala said she had taken over the party’s reigns on their “affectionate order”.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2017 07:14 IST
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AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala next to a portrait of Jayalalithaa at the India Today Conclave South 2017 in Chennai.
AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala next to a portrait of Jayalalithaa at the India Today Conclave South 2017 in Chennai.(PTI File Photo)

AIADMK chief VK Sasikala told party members on Monday to ensure that “enemies” did not exploit the “crisis” created by the “sudden” demise of her predecessor and late Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa. Sasikala said she had taken over the party’s reigns on their “affectionate order”.

In a message to the party on the eve of the birth centenary of AIADMK founder MG Rmachandran, Sasikala said no one can fill the void left behind by Jayalalitha.

“Although no one can fill the void left behind by Purathchi Thalaivi Amma (revolutionary leader mother), there is a big responsibility before crores of party workers who are its roots. That is to ensure that they don’t allow enemies to exploit the crisis created by the sudden demise of Amma by any means,” she said, without taking any name.

Jayalalithaa had often rewarded hard work and loyalty and that alone mattered in the party along with other factors like caste or creed never were of any significance for the grassroots workers to scale new peaks in AIADMK, she said.

Recalling her 33-year-old friendship with Jayalalithaa, Sasikala said her only aim was the welfare of the former CM.

“Although I could have spent the rest of my life reminiscing these 33 years, I decided to dedicate myself to public life due to the concern that the third-largest movement in India should not suffer a setback and also due to the affectionate order by you,” she said in an apparent reference to being appointed as the party’s general secretary last month after Jayalalithaa’s death.

The party men can continue to feel the same “warmth and protection” offered by Jayalalithaa as its head, she said and exhorted the AIADMK workers to continue their victory march in the path laid out by Amma.

The “defeated enemies” are looking for a “fissure in the strong castle” and see if they can make some redemption, Sasikala said, asking the party members to work harder and with more determination to thwart any such designs.

This should be the motto of the party workers on the birth centenary of Ramachandran, Sasikala said.