It is now taken for granted that Sasikala is likely to be the AIADMK General Secretary, as senior leaders of the party, ministers and Members of Parliament have all publicly “requested Chinnamma to lead the party”.
On Tuesday too, AIADMK MPs led by Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha M. Thambidurai and others met her at Poes Garden and expressed their solidarity with her.
Elections to the local body elections early next year will pose some challenge to her leadership, though a majority of the voters could be wary of electing an opposition party in the civil polls.
Chief minister O Panneerselvam and his cabinet of 30 ministers have been making a beeline there to take instructions from Sasikala, now poised to take command over the party.
Meanwhile, S Gurumurthy , the Chennai-based chartered accountant and informal adviser to the Sangh Parivar, believes that the BJP will do well to keep the AIADMK in Tamil Nadu united and ensure that the party completes its full term in government.
Jayalalithaa was hospitalised at Apollo Hospital in Chennai on September 22, 2016. She was declared dead on December 5 due to cardiac arrest.