Amid chants of ‘Chinnamma Vazhagai’ by thousands of supporters, V K Sasikala on Saturday took charge as All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam general secretary, the top party post. “Amma (Jayalalithaa) is always in my heart,” an emotionally charged Sasikala said after assuming charge, adding she had been with Jayalalithaa for party meetings for over 33 years and that the AIADMK will continue to rule for many years. She very subtly wiped tears as she said, “My ... Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
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At a time when the AIADMK has chosen the late Jaya’s personal aide to lead the party, M K Stalin re-enters the scene with greater credibility and better clarity of his own role in the DMK, says N Sathiya Moorthy. As he moves along from being the party treasurer and leader of the opposition in the state assembly, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam’s youth wing secretary M K Stalin has moved one more step closer to the top job. With nonagenarian father and party president Muthuvel ...Rediff.com, 1 week ago
Whatever the circumstances the cadres will not let themselves be seen as challenging ‘MGR’s symbol’. It’s an emotional identification for most of them, and many consider it an ‘eternal sin’ for them to defy ‘Two Leaves’, says N Sathiya Moorthy. Media reports/speculation about an imminent cadre uprising against the ruling AIADMK’s new and seventh general secretary-elect V K Sasikala notwithstanding, there is nothing to suggest that such ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
Rediff.com’s A Ganesh Nadar captures the mood and scenes from outside the hall in Vaanagaram where Sasikala was appointed as the new party chief. IMAGE: Posters of Jayalalithaa dotted the roads leading to the marriage hall where the AIADMK members were to meet. Photograph: A Ganesh Nadar/Rediff.com Politics moved from Chennai to the outskirts of the city, Vaanagaram, on Thursday when the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam passed a resolution appointing VK Sasikala, close aide of ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago
‘Unable to bear’ the demise of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, 597 people have died so far in Tamil Nadu, the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam said on Monday. The party released the latest list of 127 such deceased persons on Monday, taking the total number to 597. It also announced relief of Rs 3 lakh each to the bereaved families, who hail from various parts of the state including Chennai, Tirunelveli, Dindigul, Madurai and Ramanathapuram districts. They died ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
AIADMK’s Jayalalithaa won three assembly by-elections from her hospital bed. However, the DMK heir’s decision to disempower second-line satraps, who were running personal fiefdoms in their districts, and his fresh approach, could prove beneficial in the next polls, observes N Sathiya Moorthy. IMAGE: AIADMK cadres celebrate their party's victory in three assembly by-polls in front of Apollo Hospital where Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa is undergoing treatment, in Chennai.Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Senior All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam leader M Thambidurai on Monday appealed to the newly appointed party general secretary V K Sasikala to become Tamil Nadu chief minister, saying the leadership in both the party and governance should be with the same person. Speaking to reporters after calling on Sasikala, the Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker also cited the ongoing political tussle in the Samajwadi party in Uttar Pradesh to drive home his point that the control of government and party ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago PHOTOS: Change of guard in AIADMK Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago No white paper on treatment given to Jaya: AIADMK Rediff.com, 1 month ago AIIMS team confirms Jaya has completely recovered, says AIADMK Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Despite the BJP's displeasure over Sasikala's elevation as AIADMK general secretary, the Dravidian party has sent a message to the Modi government that it will not be cowed down, says N Sathiya Moorthy. IMAGE: V K Sasikala keeps the AIADMK resolution which appointed her as party general secretary before a portrait of J Jayalalithaa, the late AIADMK leader. Photograph: AIADMK/Twitter By passing a unanimous resolution urging V K Sasikala to take over the reins of the party, the All India Anna ...Rediff.com, 2 weeks ago Sasikala Pushpa files plea in HC against Chinnamma's elevation as AIADMK chief Rediff.com, 1 month ago SC rejects plea seeking CBI probe into Jaya's 'mysterious death' Rediff.com, 1 week ago
In private, AIADMK spokespersons say that the raid on Chief Secretary P Ramamohana Rao might be aimed at weakening the AIADMK, and demotivating the party from selecting/electing J Jayalalithaa's confidante, Sasikala Natarajan, as her successor -- first as party head then possibly in the government, says N Sathiya Moorthy. The recent income tax raid on incumbent Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary P Ramamohana Rao has flagged more questions than answers. Earlier there was the well-published ...Rediff.com, 3 weeks ago
A look at the financials of some of the key companies in the Sasikala clan’s business empire. IMAGE: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Sasikala at the late chief minister's lying in state. On December 6, when former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s mortal remains were kept at the Rajaji Hall in Chennai for the public to pay their respects, many were wondering who the middle-aged man in chocolate-coloured shirt and spectacles standing to the left of her body was. Meet ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago Is Sasikala the next Amma? Rediff.com, 1 month ago
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