CHENNAI: V K Sasikala, shadow of Jayalalithaa for nearly three decades, was today set to become the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu as the AIADMK Legislature Party elected her as its leader, over a month after she became the party’s powerful General Secretary.
She is expected to be sworn-in as the third Chief Minister of the state within two months on Tuesday.
The name of 62-year-old Sasikala as AIADMK Legislature Party leader was proposed by Chief Minister O Panneerselvam at a meeting of party MLAs at the party headquarters here.
The MLAs unanimously elected her as their leader, enabling her to take over the reins from Panneerselvam.
Soon after, ‘Chinnamma’ Sasikala drove to the party headquarters where she was greeted by Panneerselvam and senior party leaders.
Prior to the party meeting on a day of fast-pased developments, Panneerselvam visited the Poes Garden Residence to meet Sasikala.
“It was Panneerselvam who had first persuaded me to become the Chief Minister and General Secretary as well when Jayalalithaa passed away,” Sasikala told party legislators in her acceptance speech. (AGENCIES)