Will have to wait to know what voters think: Congress on Sasikala as Tamil Nadu CM

AIADMK general secretary Sasikala Natarajan on Sunday was elected as the legislative leader of the party and with this, she is all set to take over as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu. Photograph:( AFP )

ANI Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India Feb 06, 2017, 12.37 AM (IST)

Refraining to comment on AIADMK general secretary Sasikala Natarajan's appointment as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu, the Congress on Monday said they will have to wait for some time to know what the voters think of the change in the state leadership.

"As the president of Tamil Nadu Congress Committee S Thirunavukkarasar said, it is their choice and their selection. It is other party's internal problem. Chief minister O Panneerselvam proposed Sasikala's candidature for the chief minister post and it was seconded by all the ministers and MLAs. So, we cannot comment on that," Congress leader Hidayathulla told ANI.

"And we'll have to wait for some time to know what the voters of Tamil Nadu are thinking about this," he added.

AIADMK general secretary Sasikala Natarajan on Sunday was elected as the legislative leader of the party and with this, she is all set to take over as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu. Sasikala, J Jayalalithaa's closest aide since the 1980s, had handled party affairs on several occasions despite not holding any formal position in the AIADMK prior to the former chief minister's death.

She is called Chinnamma, meaning aunt, taking after Jayalalithaa -- who was popularly known among her legions of supporters as Amma (or mother). Sasikala will be the third woman chief minister of Tamil Nadu after Janaki Ramachandran and Jayalalithaa. 

(ANI)