CHENNAI: “Senior functionaries of AIADMK have urged Thirumathi Sasikalaa to lead the party on the path shown by Puratchi Thalaivi Amma,” AIADMK tweeted on Saturday.
Strongly defending former chief minister and party supremo Jayalalithaa’s aide VK Sasikalaa, ruling AIADMK said there is nothing wrong in its leaders calling on her.
AIADMK organisational secretary C Ponnaiyan answering a question related to state ministers’ recent meetings with Sasikalaa, said “even if somebody (belonging to the party) met Sasikalaa Amma, what is wrong in it?, Is she not an important member of the party? What you say is wrong.”
Drawing a distinction between government-led by AIADMK and the party organisation, he told reporters at the party headquarters here that while the government was led by O Panneerselvam, the party was steered by elected party bodies.
“AIADMK is steered by party bodies, including general and executive committees and functionaries at multiple levels and Sasikalaa is a key member,” Ponnaiyan, who is also the party spokesperson, said.
“Sasikalaa Amma lived with Puratchi Thalaivi Amma’s (revolutionary leader Jayalalithaa’s) last breath. Such questions are unnecessary.”
Asked who the chief minister, ministers and other top officials are consulting by visiting the Poes Garden residence of the departed AIADMK supremo and if it was Sasikalaa, he said, “they are having a meeting with the chief minister there.”
“It (Veda Nilayam at Poes Garden) is Amma’s house where Amma’s portrait is there… We are in mourning and it is still not over… They are going there (also) to pay homage… It is not good to invent imaginative reasons for everything.
Senior functionaries of AIADMK urge Thirumathi Sasikala to lead the party on the path shown by Puratchi Thalaivi Amma.
Asked about anger among some cadres against Sasikalaa as access was not provided to anyone to visit Jayalalithaa during her hospitalisation, he said “it is a planned rumour and spread wantonly… blaming this or that person is a deliberate rumour.”
Asked about the role of Sasikalaa’s husband Natarajan and other family members in the party, he said “this is an unnecessary question. The party is led and guarded by over 1.5 crore members.”
Ponnaiyan said AIADMK is an ideological fort with a boundless sense of unity and there was no room for questions like which person would be the general secretary. “Only rumours are being spread and I am making this clear to you,” he said.
He said though Jayalalithaa was no more, Amma (mother, as she was fondly referred to by party cadres) continued to “live as God” for them.