While Sasikala had taken over as the general secretary, Finance Minister O Panneerselvam was appointed as chief minister of state after the demise ex-Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa.
AIADMK leader Sasikala Natarajan will soon takeover as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, CNN-News 18 and Times Now reported on Saturday. The reports said that Chinamma can take over as CM on February 8 or February 9. A meeting of AIADMK MLAs likely to elect new legislative leader is scheduled to take place tomorrow at their party headquarters.While Sasikala had taken over as the general secretary, Finance Minister O Panneerselvam was appointed as chief minister of state after the demise ex-Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalithaa.
Recently, Sasikala appointed senior leaders, including some former ministers and a former Mayor, to key party posts. Former ministers K A Sengottaiyan, S Gokula Indira and BV Ramana, besides ex-Mayor Saidai S Duraisamy were today appointed as the party’s organisation secretaries. She had announced appointments of various senior leaders, including fisheries minister D Jayakumar, to a number of posts. Their have been several calls to Sasikala to take over as Tamil Nadu CM. Senior party leader M Thambidurai recently appealed Sasikal to take overt, saying the leadership in both the party and governance should be with the same person. Speaking to reporters after calling on Sasikala, the Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker also cited the ongoing political tussle in the Samajwadi party in Uttar Pradesh to drive home his point that the control of government and party should vest in the same person.
“Now you see problem has cropped up in Uttar Pradesh, the party was with father and government with son that is why the leadership of both the party and governance should be with the same person,” he said replying to a question. Thambidurai met the AIADMK chief at Poes Garden residence of her mentor J Jayalalithaa and gave her a representation urging her to take over as CM. Sasikala becoming the Chief Minister was only “natural and just”, he said.