Chennai, February 6
Over a month after she took charge as AIADMK General Secretary following Jayalalithaa’s demise, VK Sasikala was on Sunday elected legislature party leader, paving the way for her to become the third woman as Tamil Nadu CM.
At a meeting of party MLAs in Chennai, Chief Minister O Panneerselvam proposed the name of Sasikala as legislature party leader. Chinnamma, as she was called, would take the CM charge in next week. She assured that the government will follow the footsteps of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and work for public welfare.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Panneerselvam sent his resignation letter to Governor Vidyasagar Rao, mentioning personal reasons for his resignation.
Thus Panneerselvam had to resign for the CM post without completing the full term even for the third time.
He became Tamil Nadu CM for the first time in September 2001. Again he became the CM on September 29, 2014, when Jayalalithaa was imprisoned regarding disproportionate property case. He continued in the post till May 22, 2015.
After Jayalalithaa’s demise, Panneerselvam was made the CM for the third time on December 6 last year. After continuing in the post for 62 days, he stepped down from the chair and handed over the power to Sasikala.
According to party sources, Sasikala has never been elected as MLA or MLC and she will be directly sitting on the CM chair. She does not have any political experience. She may face tough competition from RK Nagar constituency which fell vacant after Amma’s death.
AIADMK has 135 seats and DMK has 89 seats of the total 234 seats in Tamil Nadu Assembly. The magic figure is 118. At this juncture, all eyes are focused on the strategy of DMK. Party leader Stalin has already started attacking Sasikala that she does not have administrative experiences and that the people did not vote for her.