V K Sasikala to be new Tamil Nadu CM
"Former Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa's confident and `soul sister', V K Sasikala was unanimously elected by the AIADMK MLAs as the legislature party leader, clearing her way to take over as new Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. After Janaki Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa, Sasikala would be third woman Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu which has been ruled for the past several years alternatively by AIADMK and DMK.Sasikala's name to head the AIADMK legislature party was proposed by the Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam. She is likely to take over on February 9. Mr. Panneerselvam could become the number two as deputy chief minister in the Sasikala cabinet, reports emanating from Chennai said. The AIADMK legislature partyâs official communication has to be handed over to Raj Bhavan as well as the resignation letter of Panneerselvam who earlier also remained a stop-gap chief minister when Jayalalithaa had been lodged in a prison in a corruption case. Sasikala took over the party as the General Secretary on December 29 last following her unanimous selection in the party general body meeting. Many AIADMK leaders had been urging Sasikala to become chief minister as well. Sasikala had been constant companion of former chief minister Jayalalithaa since mid-80s barring a brief period when she had fallen out. It was Sasikala who remained with Jayalalithaa when she was hospitalised last year and till she died on December 5 last year. She performed her last rites as well. The main opposition leader in the state Assembly and arch rival DMK working president MK Stalin said the elevation of Sasikala will not gel with the people as she does not represent the popular choice. Sasikala, 61, is not an elected member of the assembly and had never held any post in the party. She is fondly called Chinamma (mother's younger sister) by AIADMK supporters."