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AIADMK legislators on Sunday elected general secretary V K Sasikala as leader of their legislature party, paving the way for her to become Tamil Nadu\'s third woman Chief Minister.

Sasikala set to become third woman CM of TN

Chennai : AIADMK legislators on Sunday elected general secretary V K Sasikala as leader of their legislature party, paving the way for her to become Tamil Nadu's third woman Chief Minister. Addressing the legislators, the 59-year old Sasikala said outgoing CM O Panneerselvam had pressed her to head the government.

It was also Panneerselvam, who succeeded Jayalalithaa after her death in December, who insisted that she first become the AIADMK chief too, she said. "Since all stressed that one person should hold both the posts - party general secretary and Chief Minister - I agreed to the proposal," Sasikala said. She made it clear that the Tamil Nadu government would follow the footsteps of Jayalalithaa.

"The development in AIADMK has come shattering the expectation of our political opponents that there will be a split in the party after the demise of our Amma (Jayalalithaa)," Sasikala said after party MLAs unanimously elected her as their leader. According to AIADMK sources, Sasikala's name as the legislature party leader was proposed by Panneerselvam and seconded by other MLAs.

She belongs to the Thevar community, which has a dominant say in the AIADMK. Born in 1957 in Thiruthuraipoondi, about 330 km from Chennai, Sasikala was married to M Natarajan, a Public Relations Officer with the Tamil Nadu government. Earlier on Sunday, Panneerselvam and other ministers met Sasikala at Poes Garden residence of Jayalalithaa where Sasikala continues to live.

The meeting of the legislators was called at short notice, a day after Sasikala named some ex-ministers and others who had been earlier shunted out by Jayalalithaa to various party posts. She also reached out to all those who were seen as a threat to her and placated them before becoming the party General Secretary.

Panneerselvam resigns as CM Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam resigned on Sunday, paving way for party general secretary V K Sasikala to take charge of the state. "He submitted the resignation to Sasikala," AIADMK spokesperson C R Saraswathi said.

Sasikala as CM against people’s wishes: Stalin
Chennai: DMK Working President M K Stalin said the election of AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala as the party's legislature party leader on Sunday was against people's wishes.

Stalin told reporters at Thiruvarur, around 330 km from here, that when Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa was jailed for corruption, she told O Panneerselvam to head the government. "Till Jayalalithaa was alive, she did not give any post either in the party or the government to Sasikala," Stalin said.

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