Sasikala Natarajan, confidante and close friend of the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, seems to be determined to become Chief Minister of the state. According to the source, Sasikala’s group established posters and banners demanding her to be made the next Chief Minister of the state.
Meanwhile, a section of party loyalists are keen on fielding Ms. Sasikala in the R.K. Nagar constituency that has fallen vacant upon Jayalalithaa’s death. RK Nagar seat will now have to go for a by-election within Six months and Sasikala is contemplating to contest from the seat which should be any easy bet for her to get into the state assembly.
Sasikala was made the party’s General Secretary, a post held late Jayalalithaa for 27 years. Dr V Maitreyan, AIADMK spokesperson, did not rule that out. “Sasikala is the backbone of Poes Garden,” he told NDTV, describing the palatial Chennai bungalow where Ms Jayalalithaa and Ms Natarajan co-habitated for years.
Adding more fuel to the speculations, newly appointed Chief Minister O Panneerselvam along with several senior AIADMK leaders visited Poes Garden and met Jayaa’s heir apparent Sasikala twice in less than 24 hours. Many in AIADMK believe that O Panneer Selvam is a mere puppet of Sasikala and will have to make way for her whenever she wants.
Sasikala, who was staying with Jayalalithaa in her Poes Garden residence was also made to move out. However, on both instances, the expulsion was revoked in a matter of months and Sasikala made a comeback winning back the trust of Amma.