Ever since the demise of Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa, there has been much speculation about her successor on the party front. The party has finally decided that Jayalalithaa’s closest aide, V K Sasikala, will become the General Secretary of the AIADMK.  The party’s official press releases on Sunday referred to Sasikala as ‘chinnamma’.

This is the first time that the party has officially pronounced Sasikala as chinnamma. Before this, their statements and tweets have always referred to her as ‘Thirumathi Sasikala’. Office-bearers also met her on Sunday to request her to join the party.

Two pictures that were released officially by the party showed Sasikala with staff members of the local news channel, Jaya TV, paying tributes to the portrait of the late CM at her house in Poes Garden. Another picture, released by AIADMK, had her surrounded by party members.

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The party tweeted the picture and captioned it, “AIADMK party functionaries today urged Thirumathi Sasikala to lead the party on the path shown by Puratchi Thalaivi Amma.” One day before this, the party’s twitter handle posted another picture which clearly mentioned that the party wants her to join.

TN chief minister O Panneerselvam, state ministers and party MPs have openly supported her to join the party as its general secretary and met her last week to discuss the same at Poes Garden. The current CM has also called to Sasikala to lead the party, addressing her as chinamma for the first time.

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