Sasikala Replaces Jayalalithaa to Head AIADMK Parliamentary Board

A year after her demise, Jayalalithaa’s words appear to have been forgotten by ministers in her cabinet.

The AIADMK Parliamentary Board was reconstituted on Thursday, with party General Secretary V K Sasikala replacing her predecessor late J Jayalalithaa as its head.

The Board chooses AIADMK's candidates for elections and the shuffle comes on a day when the Election Commission announced byelection to the RK Nagar assembly constituency on 12 April. The poll was necessitated by the demise of Jayalalithaa in December last year.

AIADMK Deputy General Secretary, TTV Dinakaran, made the announcement in a party release, which was issued with the “approval” of Sasikala.

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The others in the reconstituted Board include AIADMK Presidium Chairman and School Education Minister KA Sengotayan and former Minister P Valarmathi.

The previous Parliamentary Board headed by Jayalalithaa included expelled party leader and former Chief Minister O Panneerselvam and his aide E Madusudanan.

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AIADMK Attacks Panneerselvam, Dubs Him a ‘Great Actor’

The AIADMK on Thursday also made a scathing attack on Panneerselvam, dubbing him as ‘the B team of DMK’ and accusing him of spreading “a blatant lie” about the mystery behind late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's death.

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Calling Panneerselvam a ‘great actor,’ Dinakaran said he was spreading the lie in “fear” that his political career is in its twilight years.

“Great actor Panneerselvam has exposed through his activities that he is the B team of DMK. Panneerselvam is trying to gain mileage by raising the defamatory bogey of a mystery in the death of Amma (Jayalalithaa),” he alleged.

Dinakaran's sharp attack came a day after Panneerselvam’s camp staged a day-long state-wide fast to seek a judicial inquiry or a CBI probe into the “mystery and suspicions” surrounding the death of Jayalalithaa.