VK Sasikala, close aide of late Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa was today appointed as the general secretary of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), a position held by Jayalalithaa for over three decades.

Having no strong opponents or other contestants to the post, Sasikala had no threat to her elevation to the top post.

Reportedly, the General Council body of AIADMK today passed the resolution to elect Sasikala Natarajan as the general secretary almost unanimously.

On 28 December, party’s leaders, including district secretaries, had been asked to assemble in Vanagaram today for the AIADMK council meeting.

District secretaries and leaders of various wings of the party had already endorsed the leadership of Sasikala.

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According to reports, Sasikala may be making her maiden visit to the AIADMK headquarters only on Monday or Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a group of men, reportedly lawyers, sent by expelled AIADMK MP Sasikala Pushpa, were beaten up by party workers on December 28 when they tried to enter the party office. The Rajya Sabha MP’s husband, Lingeswara Thilagan, was also assaulted by the AIADMK workers.

Nearly four months ago, Jayalalithaa had sacked Pushpa from the party following a series of controversies, including a minor scuffle between her and DMK MP Tiruchy Siva at the Delhi airport.

She was also blamed in party circles for her close links with a mining baron from southern Tamil Nadu otherwise known for his closeness to the BJP. After she was removed from the party, Pushpa made a controversial speech in Rajya Sabha alleging that Jayalalithaa had slapped her and forced her to resign from the MP’s post.