LS deputy speaker Thambidurai appeals to Sasikala to become CM

LS deputy speaker Thambidurai appeals to Sasikala to become CM
Senior AIADMK leader M Thambidurai today 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 should vest in the same person.

"Now you see problem has cropped up in Uttar Pradesh, the party was with father and government with son that is why the leadership of both the party and governance should be with the same person," he said replying to a question.

Thambidurai met the AIADMK chief at Poes Garden residence of her mentor J Jayalalithaa and gave her a representation urging her to take over as CM. Sasikala becoming the Chief Minister was only "natural and just", he said.

Sasikala, appointed as General Secretary by the AIADMK's top decision-making body General Council on December 29, took charge of the post on December 31, pledging to take forward the legacy of Jayalalithaa.

Already, almost all state ministers, part of the O Panneerselvam cabinet, have made similar appeals urging Sasikala to take over as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.

Thambidurai said he appealed to Sasikala to become Chief Minister just like her mentor.
He said "Chinamma", as Sasikala is called by partymen, was a "deserving and eligible person" and that was why she was appointed party general secretary.

"Only on that basis (she is the eligible person) we are appealing again to her to take on the reigns of governance too... This is because the responsibility of governing the party and the government should lie with the same person," he said.

"I have made a request that Chinnamma (Sasikala) should immediately assume the post of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister to take forward the work of Amma (Jayalalithaa) in both the party and governance," Thambidurai said.

Asked about the response of Sasikala, he said,"I have made my request as a party worker and given my representation. She did not give any reply."

Stating that a party comes to power for doing good to people by giving electoral promises, he said "It is my opinion that such promises could be fulfilled in the best manner only by the person with whom the party top position is vested."

Giving past examples from the country's political history that it was the party chief who became the executive head of the government too at Centre and States, he said 'Amma', who was the party supremo became Chief Minister when the party was voted to power.

"Since she is the party chief, it is only natural that she also becomes the Chief Minister, it is just," he added.

After the demise of Jayalalithaa on December 5, Panneerselvam was elected as the AIADMK legislature party leader and sworn in as Chief Minister at the same time. 

Thambidurai hailed Sasikala as a "lighthouse" on whom he and all the party workers had "unshakable faith and confidence that Chinnamma alone would continue to implement the several welfare schemes" initiated by AIADMK founder MGR and former chief minister J Jayalalithaa.

Praising her for her "intelligence and political acumen", he said Sasikala had the ability to take decisions "without any likes or dislikes".

"We have seen that the people in India have not accepted a situation, wherein the leadership of the party is in one hand and that of the government in another," he said.

In a press note on his official letter pad of the office of the Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker (the gist of which he had briefed reporters about), Thambidurai said in the past, some governments had faced several hurdles when the government and the party leadership were in different hands.

Such regimes were rendered incapable of "delivering on its promises and lost credibility among the people when the leaderships of the (ruling) party and the government were in the hands of two different persons", he claimed.

"Unfinished tasks of the party and the government, as expected by Puratchi Thalaivi Amma (Jayalalithaa), will be completed only when the leadership of the party and that of the government are in the hand of one person," the AIADMK leader said.

Referring to the 2019 Parliamentary polls, he said, "To continue to win elections, as was done by Puratchi Thalaivar (MGR) and Puratchi Thalaivi, I emphatically request that respected Chinnamma immediately takes over as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu." 

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