In a unanimous resolution adopted by AIADMK party members at the party’s general council meeting Thursday, former Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa’s close aide V K Sasikala was appointed as the party general secretary. Chief Minister O Pannerselvam left for Poes Garden to meet Sasikala and hand over copies of the resolutions. Panneerselvam said, “In tune with party rules, honourable Chinnamma is appointed AIADMK General Secretary and a resolution to this effect has been adopted unanimously by the general council.”
Significantly, the resolution that was adopted says “This general council adopts this resolution appointing Chinnamma VK Sasikala as the party general secretary till such time she is (formally) elected to that post in tune with party rule 20, clause 2.”
Hailing Sasikala’s contribution to the growth of the party, the resolution also says it “unanimously gives her all the powers bestowed on the position of general secretary (by the party rules) to administer the party.”
The resolution was moved by party presidium chairman E Madusudanan and Panneersevlam and Edapadi Palanisamy. The resolution makes it clear that Sasikala will be formally elected as party General Secretary at a later date in keeping with the stipulations of the party constitution. Till such time she is elected, the party has appointed her to the post giving her all powers of that post. Speaking to reporters flanked by senior leaders Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai and State Minister Edappadi Palanisamy, he said they were going to meet “Chinamma” to “apprise her of the party decision and to seek her concurrence,” for the party decision.
The meeting was called to fill the party’s general secretary position, which fell vacant after Jayalalithaa’s demise. Sasikala is likely to assume the role or create a new position for herself within the party by leaving the general secretary post vacant. Jayalalithaa had held the party post for over three decades(THE INDIAN EXPRESS,2016)