The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam(AIADMK) on Friday produced 'proof' of Sasikala being Jayalalithaa's political heir. In the wake of questions over Sasikala's legitimacy to inherit Jayalalithaa's legacy, party spokesperson Ponnaiyan produced a document from 1991 where the late chief of the AIADMK, J Jayalalithaa had made Sasikala her nominee.
The party chose to rely on a document of investment by Jayalalithaa to declare Sasikala as her political heir. Ponnaiyan claimed that Jayalalithaa, while investing in a chit fund in 1991 had named Sasikala as her nominee. This was the party's way of drawing a conclusion that Jayalalithaa meant for Sasikala to take her place in her absence.
"Amma had named Sasikala as her nominee way back in 1991. She automatically becomes the political heir. She is eligible to become party president," he said while addressing the press. This statement from the AIADMK comes a day after expelled MP Sasikala Pushpa petitioned the Madras high court to stop Sasikala from taking charge as chief of AIADMK. Tamil Nadu MP Sasikala Pushpa had raised questions on why Sasikala was being referred to as the political heir to Jayalalithaa. She even said that Sasikala can't be made chief of party since she has not been a member for five consecutive years following her expulsion and comeback in 2011.
Ponnaiyan on Thursday had made the party's intent to make Sasikala its chief clear. He had even stated that the party's executive will amend rules, if need be, to make way for Sasikala Natarajan to lead the party.