CHENNAI: Less than two weeks after J Jayalalithaa died, her party has announced that her closest aide, Sasikala Natarajan, will replace her as the chief of her party, the AIADMK.
Ms Natarajan, 54, holds no post in the party. Rules will be amended if needed to place her in control, said AIADMK spokesperson Ponnaiyan today. “it is the desire of the entire party,” he said, adding, “Sasikala has functioned as the conscience of Amma.”
Amma or mother is how lakhs of supporters, whose devotion bordered on religious, referred to Ms Jayalalithaa, who was Chief Minister when she died on December 5 after a massive cardiac arrest.
Ms Natarajan, who lived with her at her huge bungalow in Chennai’s Poes Garden, is called “Chinamma” or younger mother.