Sasikala Natarajan would visit families of those who died or committed suicide after hearing the death of Jayalalithaa.
CHENNAI: Sasikala Natarajan will take up office as AIADMK general secretary on Saturday at the party headquarters here at Chennai. Soon after taking over the reins of the 45-year-old party, She would take on a state-wide tour to meet party cadres and address public meetings, besides cheering families of those who died of heart attack while late chief minister J Jayalalithaa was in hospital or when she passed away.
Since a determination has been adopted, she (Sasikala) has been appointed as the general secretary with effect from today. She would soon come to the AIADMK headquarter and take up duties,” Mr Panneerselvam stated.
Sasikala to visit kin of cadres who died hearing Jaya’s no more
Highly placed sources stated Sasikala would take charge on Saturday around noon. She would visit the memorials of her mentor Jayalalithaa, party founder MGR and the adjoining Anna Samadhi Friday evening to offer flowers.
It is expected that Sasikala, who had been the shadow of Ms Jayalalithaa for the past 33 years, would give the cadre and leaders what her alluring friend did not give – accessibility. Just days after Jayalalithaa was placed to rest just yards away from her mentor MGR at the Marina Beach, Sasikala was at the verandah of the straggly Poes Garden bungalow receiving partymen from across the state.
While all of them came to offer sympathies for Jaya’s demise, many of them appealed with Sasikala to take over the reins of the AIADMK contending that she was the only one who could save the party from breakage post-Jaya. During the state-wide tour expected to begin any time after she formally takes charge of the party, Sasikala would visit families of those who died or committed suicide after hearing the death of Jayalalithaa.
Political observers state Sasikala knows very well that she is not a charismatic leader like Jaya and that is the reason why she wants to make availability her USP. It is a known fact that late Jayalalithaa kept party men and senior leaders at a distance.