Cries for AIADMK General Secretary Sasikala Natarajan to take over the reins of the Government grew shriller on Monday with Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai making a passionate appeal to her to take oath as Chief Minister to ensure that the unfinished tasks left by late J Jayalalithaa are completed.
“The unfinished tasks of the party and the government, as expected by Puratchi Thalaivi Amma[Jayalalithaa], will be completed only when the leadership of the party and the leadership of the government are in the hand of one person,” Mr. Thambidurai, also party’s propaganda secretary, said in a release.
In his release he said, “History has shown that some governments had been pushed to several hurdles and were incapable of delivering its promises and that, such Governments have lost their credibility among the people, when the leadership of the party and the leadership of the government was in the hands of two different persons”.
He also said that with the general election just two years away, it’s imperative for the AIADMK to ensure it delivers on the promises of J Jayalalithaa, who died as Chief Minister last month. With 37 members of parliament, the party is an important player, especially in the Rajya Sabha where the government is in a minority.
Sasikala Natarajan, 62, was Jayalalithaa’s closest aide and kept vigil during the politician’s long hospital stay that began in September. At her funeral in December, Ms Natarajan carried out the last rites for the 68-year-old referred to by supporters as “Amma.”
O.Panneerselvam was sworn in as the Chief Minister following the death of Jayalalithaa.
Ms. Sasikala had the “intelligence, capacity and love for the people, love for the party workers and care for the party cadres”, as party’s former chief Jayalalithaa and it was his “strong belief” that the AIADMK general secretary has to shoulder the responsibility of the Chief Minister to take forward the party and to carry on the governance of the State.
Referring to Ms. Sasikala’s maiden speech on Saturday last as the party’s general secretary, Mr. Thambi Durai said it had “melted the hearts of all” and the points she had raised in her address have made them “feel happy that the task of taking forward the Party has been handed over to the right person.”