The AIADMK on Saturday made clear its intention of having Jayalalithaa's close aide Sasikala Natarajan as its next leader. The party took to Twitter to announce that senior functionaries have 'urged Sasikala to lead the party on the path shown by Jayalalithaa'. This is their first and official stand on the issue post Jayalalithaa's demise.
The message is clearly the result of series of meetings between senior leaders of the party and Sasikala at the Poes Garden residence.
Senior functionaries of AIADMK urge Thirumathi Sasikala to lead the party on the path shown by Puratchi Thalaivi Amma.
Senior functionaries of AIADMK urge Thirumathi Sasikala to lead the party on the path shown by Puratchi Thalaivi Amma.— AIADMK (@AIADMKOfficial) December 10, 2016
Sasikala is credited with managing party decisions in the face of Jayalalithaa's failing health. She is also credited with making O Panneerselvam the chief minister within minutes of the leader's death, a move that was considered a masterstroke to curb dissent later on.
Earlier, spokesperson Ponnaiyan had defended Sasikala, and now the party has firmly stated its view on her as their next leader. Since Saturday, AIADMK's Twitter handle has also been promoting news and photos of Sasikala. It now only seems like a matter of time for the general secretary of the party to be elected and the choice is obvious.