Friday, 29 August 2014

Jayalalithaa reelected AIADMK general secretary, says she sees no political opponents in TN

CHENNAI: After sweeping successive polls in Tamil Nadu since 2011, chief minister and AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa on Friday asserted that there were no political opponents for the ruling party.

On being unanimously reelected as general secretary of the AIADMK for the seventh time in a row, the 66-year-old chief minister said the 'enemies' had disappeared from the political arena.


"Only people could be seen everywhere. For the people of Tamil Nadu, the AIADMK is the only visible and identifiable political movement," she said amid huge cheers from the supporters at the party headquarters in Royapettah here.


Recalling the astounding victory in assembly and local body polls in 2011, the AIADMK leader said the party's landslide victory in the recently held Lok Sabha elections was historic and would remain unbroken.


"Stay united and work for the welfare of people," she told partymen.


Jayalalithaa made her debut in the AIADMK in 1982 and became propaganda secretary in the following year. After the demise of party founder and former chief minister M G Ramachandran, she became general secretary of a faction led by her and continued to hold the post ever since the factions merged in 1989. She was elected unopposed in the successive elections in 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008 as well.


The chief minister extended her heartfelt thanks to the cadres for proposing her candidature for the post.


As many as 2,467 partymen, including cabinet ministers, MLAs, district secretaries and office-bearers of various wings, had rushed to party office to file nominations on her behalf since August 20. With each nomination comes with a fee of Rs 25,000, the party raked in over Rs 6 crore in a week.



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