TTV Dhinakaran has won the race for Chennai's RK Nagar - represented by former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa - by more than 40,000 votes, dealing a huge blow to the ruling AIADMK which had sidelined him three months ago. "We are the true AIADMK... people of RK Nagar have elected Amma's successor," said Mr Dhinakaran, who had laid claim to Jayalalithaa's legacy owing to his jailed aunt VK Sasikala's proximity to her and finally had to contest as an Independent. "E Palaniswami's government will fall in three months," he warned from Madurai, after the trends established his lead.
TTV Dhinakaran had polled 89,013 votes in comparison to E Madhusudanan, the veteran AIADMK candidate's 48,306 votes. The victory of the 54-year-old, who tried to get E Palaniswami removed from the Chief Minister's post, is seen as a huge psychological setback for the ruling AIADMK.
Chennai: Sasikala who stood behind Jayalalithaa as her best friend, is likely to succeed former chief minister J Jayalalithaa as the next AIADMK general secretary, a series of official party releases on Sunday tracked her 'official' engagements, referring to her as 'Chinnamma' (junior 'Amma').
Sunday releases has clearly stated that for the first time the party has referred to Sasikala as 'Chinnamma' in official releases, even though other releases including the posts on the party's official Twitter handle refer to her as 'Thirumathi Sasikala'. More office-bearers met her on Sunday to urge her to lead AIADMK, the party said.