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Sasikala set for political inningsAIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa with her close aide VK Sasikala. PTI file photo

Sasikala set for political innings

May succeed Jaya as ADMK gen secy11 Dec 2016 | 1:56 AM

CHENNAI:Jayalalithaa’s longtime aide Sasikala appears all set to take over the mantle of AIADMK general secretary with senior party leaders and state ministers urging her to assume the post, asserting that she alone will now be able to lead the party.

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Chennai, December 10 

Jayalalithaa’s longtime aide Sasikala appears all set to take over the mantle of AIADMK general secretary with senior party leaders and state ministers urging her to assume the post, asserting that she alone will now be able to lead the party.

A plea urging her to step into the shoes of Jayalalithaa was made by a delegation of leaders, including AIADMK presidium chairman E Madhusudanan and Lok Sabha Deputy Speaker Thambidurai, when they called on Sasikala or ‘Chinnamma’ as she is referred to by party workers at the Poes Garden residence of the late chief minister.

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“After Amma, it is only Chinnamma. Chinnamma follows in Amma’s footsteps,” said Thambidurai, whose name was doing the rounds for the post, adding that he told Sasikala that the party and welfare of the people was in her hands. “We told her that we are with you,” he said.

“This is a people’s party. It was Puratchi Thalaivi Amma who functioned understanding the people’s pulse. Chinnamma follows in her footsteps. Hence, leaving no scope for a void, Chinnamma should immediately assume the position of party general secretary,” he said, adding he was confident that she would accept the request. He said the party is of the “unanimous” opinion that it was Sasikala who should lead the party. Sasikala, 60, has been a close aide of Jayalalithaa for three decades and has always been seen as a power centre in the party. Thambidurai asserted that there are no two opinions in this regard and all party workers, district secretaries, MPs and MLAs were one on the issue.

He said like Jayalalithaa who fought for the state’s rights and people’s welfare, it is “Chinnamma” who had the “strength and ability” to work for welfare of the people, the state and the party. — PTI 

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NEW DELHI:A Delhi court today sent former Indian Air Force chief SP Tyagi, his cousin Sanjeev Tyagi and Delhi-based lawyer Gautam Khetan to four days’ CBI custody till December 14 for questioning on the AgustaWestland deal to unearth the “very large conspiracy with international ramifications”.

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CHANDIGARH: Massive traffic jams have become the norm at the Tribune Chowk. Traffic snarls were witnessed on all four sides of the junction today with vehicles lined up on either side of the road for several kilometres inconveniencing commuters, who had to wait for almost an hour to cross the clogged roundabout.

NoMembers of a radical outfit remove a flex board at a Pakistani stall at the Punjab International Trade Expo in Amritsar on Saturday. Photo: Vishal Kumar

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SRINAGAR: Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today called upon tourists of the country to visit Kashmir and termed it as the “safest place” in the world, especially for women. Mehbooba’s appeal comes days after separatists, spearheading the current agitation, appealed to the tourists to visit Kashmir.

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11 Dec 2016 | 12:54 AM

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11 Dec 2016 | 2:06 AM

ISTANBUL:A suspected car bomb outside a soccer stadium in central Istanbul wounded around 20 people on Saturday after the end of a match between two of Turkey's top teams, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.

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NoVirat Kohli celebrates after scoring a century as Moeen Ali looks on during the third day of the fourth Test in Mumbai. PTI

Kohli scores, India soar

11 Dec 2016 | 2:05 AM

MUMBAI: Virat Kohli leapt in the air, punched his fist and spread his arms to acknowledge the standing ovation from the Wankhede crowd. Yet another Test century for the Indian skipper in what is turning out to be a remarkable year for him.

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11 Dec 2016 | 1:23 AM

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IOC to re-analyse all 254 Russian samples in Sochi

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