Sasikala Natarajan, the close friend and confidante of former chief minister Jayalalithaa, has been elected as the next general secretary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) on Thursday.
The party held a crucial general council meeting in Chennai and chose Amma as the general secretary
Senior leaders, including Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, have backed Ms. Sasikala for the post.
“As of now, there is no contest,” said senior AIADMK leader C. Ponnaiyan declared on Wednesday.
All district and lower level party units and various mass organisations affiliated to the AIADMK have urged her to become the general secretary.
After the passing away of J Jayalalithaa on December 5, party cadres and top functionaries including Chief Minister O Panneerselvam have been urging Sasikala to assume the party’s top post of General Secretary and lead them.
The venue of the meeting, Srivaru Venkatachalapathi Kalyana Mandapan sported life size hoardings of a smiling Jayalalithaa waving to party workers in the departed leader’s favourite green colour.
On Wednesday, AIADMK cadres had allegedly attacked and injured the husband of expelled party MP Sasikala Pushpa, who was accused of trying to create a law-and-order problem ahead of the General Council meeting