Sasikala has before this held no official position within the party. Photograph: (Zee News Network)
The post was formerly held by ex-Tamil Nadu chief minister and party supremo Jayalalithaa
The AIADMK, at its general body meeting Thursday, elected Sasikala Natarajan party general secretary.
It also adopted the resolution to work "under the leadership of Sasikala Natarajan".
Sasikala used to be former party supremo and Tamil Nadu chief minister Jayalalithaa's aide and confidante.
She held no official position within the party.
The post of general secretary was formerly held by Jayalalithaa.
ANI reported that 14 resolutions were passed at the general body meeting.
They included a resolution demanding Jayalalithaa's birthday be celebrated as "National Farmers' Day", and the resolutions that she be conferred with the Magsaysay award and the Nobel peace prize.