CHENNAI -- V K Sasikala, the close aide of late J Jayalalithaa, has accepted the resolution to be the AIADMK General Secretary.
Chinnamma accepts the resolution as Honourable CM Thiru.O.Panneerselvam hands over a copy of it.— AIADMK (@AIADMKOfficial) December 29, 2016
Earlier, the top decision making body of the party passed a unanimous resolution to this effect.
The post fell vacant following the demise of party general secretary and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.
"AIADMK adopts resolution to work under the leadership of Chinnamma," said the party's Twitter handle.
AIADMK adopts resolution to work under the leadership of Chinnamma.— AIADMK (@AIADMKOfficial) December 29, 2016
Party treasurer and Chief Minister O Panneerselvam said, "In tune with party rules, honourable Chinnamma is appointed AIADMK General Secretary and a resolution to this effect has been adopted unanimously by the general council."
Speaking to reporters flanked by senior leaders Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai and State Minister Edappadi Palanisamy, he said they were going to meet "Chinamma" to "apprise her of the party decision and to seek her concurrence," for the party decision.
Significantly, the resolution that was adopted says "This general council adopts this resolution appointing Chinnamma VK Sasikala as the party general secretary till such time she is (formally) elected to that post in tune with party rule 20, clause 2."
Hailing Sasikala's contribution to the growth of the party, the resolution also says it "unanimously gives her all the powers bestowed on the position of general secretary (by the party rules) to administer the party."
The resolution was moved by party presidium chairman E Madusudanan and Chief Minister O Panneersevlam and Edapadi Palanisamy.
The resolution makes it clear that Sasikala will be formally elected as party General Secretary at a later date in keeping with the stipulations of the party constitution.
Till such time she is elected, the party has appointed her to the post giving her all powers of that post.
One of the resolutions demanding late AIADMK chief J. Jayalalithaa's birthday be celebrated as 'National Farmers Day' was also adopted.
The resolution to confer Jayalalithaa with Magsaysay Award and Nobel Prize for World Peace was also passed in the meeting.
As many as 14 resolutions were passed in the AIADMK general body meeting. Lok Sabha deputy speaker M Thambidurai, veteran leader Panruti S Ramachandran, State Ministers, party MLAs and MPs were among those attending the meeting.
(With inputs from agencies)
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