Chennai: Sasikala who stood behind Jayalalithaa as her best friend, is likely to succeed former chief minister J Jayalalithaa as the next AIADMK general secretary, a series of official party releases on Sunday tracked her 'official' engagements, referring to her as 'Chinnamma' (junior 'Amma').
Sunday releases has clearly stated that for the first time the party has referred to Sasikala as 'Chinnamma' in official releases, even though other releases including the posts on the party's official Twitter handle refer to her as 'Thirumathi Sasikala'. More office-bearers met her on Sunday to urge her to lead AIADMK, the party said.
The party has released two photography, featuring Sasikala on Sunday. The first one shows Sasikala with staff members of the news section of pro-AIADMK channel Jaya TV showing tributes to the portrait of late Jayalalithaa at her Poes Garden residence.
The second photograph shows Sasikala surrounded by party office-bearers. This photograph was also tweeted by the party from its official Twitter handle @AIADMKOfficial, with the caption: "AIADMK party functionaries today urged Thirumathi Sasikala to lead the party on the path shown by Puratchi Thalaivi Amma."
TN chief minister O Panneerselvam, state ministers and party MPs, many of whom met Sasikalaa at Poes Garden, has strongly endorsed Sasikalaa's elevation to the post of general secretary. On Saturday, OPM has said that Sasikalaa should become general secretary and lead the AIADMK. For the first time, he referred to Sasikala as 'Chinnamma'.