Source: News Bharati English15 Dec 2016 15:00:36

New Delhi, December 15: Sasikala Natarajan, the former aide of late chief minister Jayalalithaa is tipped to be the next general secretary of the ruling AIADMK, a party spokesperson said on Thursday.“She functioned as the conscience of Amma, and played a part in her glory. The party leaders and committee will meet soon to formally elect her,” he added.
“It is the desire of the entire party that Chinnaamma will become our new general secretary,” party spokesman C Ponnaiyin said at a press conference in Chennai.

Sasikala, who was Jayalalithaa’s aide and confident for more than 20 years, has been in the spotlight ever since the death of the four times the leader on December 5.

“The general council and executive committee of the AIADMK have immeasurable powers to relax the by-laws of the party to make Sasikala the general secretary,” Ponnaiyan said while answering queries of media persons at the memorial of former chief minister J Jayalalithaa at Marina. He said Sasikala had been living as the conscience of Jayalalithaa for a long time and she would be elected as general secretary of the party cadre unanimously. Opposition parties are trying to unleash canards against Sasikala with a view to destabilize the AIADMK and such rumours should not be given importance, he added.

He also said office bearers of the AIADMK at all level - from headquarters to village level had appealed to Sasikala to take up the mantle.  “We await the nod from her,”, Ponnaiyan added.

Responding to a question, he said Sasikala was behind all efforts taken by Jayalalithaa for the growth of the AIADMK. She worked with Jayalalithaa shoulder to shoulder for increasing the number of cadre from just 30 lakh to 1.5 crore. “So she is the lynchpin of the party and she will become the general secretary without any doubt,” he added.

On Wednesday, the AIADMK released photographs of VK Sasikala, long-time aide to late chief minister J Jayalalithaa, greeting party workers who had flocked to urge her to take over the reins of the party.