Sasikala takes over as AIADMK chief

For 33 years, she lived in the shadow of J Jayalalithaa, in silence. Then, on Saturday , V K Sasikala spoke for 22 minutes, leaving the AIADMK leadership convinced: The queen is dead.Long live the queen.
For many in the 45-year-old party , it was the perfect New Year gift -the loyal Chinnamma in place of the benevolent Amma. Taking charge as the sixth general secretary of the party , Sasikala made it clear that she needs the cadre more than they need her. “I accept this responsibility with the confidence that crores of party cadres will stand by me,“ she said.
Having undergone a subtle yet unmissable makeover -her blouse a cut up her nape, her hair now in a chignon -Sasikala was at once emotional and resolute. Her speech in Tamil was punctuated 52 times to be precise by the name ` Amma.' The serving CM's name found no mention.
Sasikala said under her leadership the party would uphold the ideals of former CMs C N Annadurai, MGR and J Jayalalithaa.

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