The AIADMK general council appointed Sasikala Natrajan the general secretary, passing a unanimous resolution enabling the close aide of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to hold the reins of the party. This is a right approach in the right direction. In what seemed like a carefully coordinated action to elevate Ms. Sasikala to the top post, banners were kept ready outside the venue of the general council meeting venue. By doing so, the party cleared the air and there was no difference of opinion. Instead of showing signs of split when party mentor M.G. Ramachandran died, the party cadre settled the difference outside and made a unanimous decision. The party cadre revealed show of strength and gave DMK and other regional parties in TN a shock treatment. Chinnamma will rule the roost as cleverly did by Amma Jayalalithaa. AIADMK proved that unity is of foremost importance as the party still have 4 1/2 years to run the government without infighting.
–Nickil Akhilesh Krishnan
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