Put AIADMK in autopilot mode till 2019: Netas

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CHENNAI: With J Jayalalithaa’s aide Sasikala seemingly reluctant to take charge+ of AIADMK right away, partymen say she could take her time to test her strength.

The local body polls are due any time now, but her leadership will be put to test when the country goes to polls in 2019. Some leaders, who had been persuading Sasikala+ to lead AIADMK after Jayalalithaa’s death, now say that the party can be put on autopilot until the 2019 Lok Sabha election when she can showcase her strength and take on the reins with the approval of not just partymen but the people as well.

Some senior leaders, however, point out that it is not possible for the party to remain headless for such a long period. “A party cannot go on without a general secretary for such a long period. There is a by-election (to the RK Nagar constituency where Jayalalithaa contested) due within six months and a general secretary is essential in the day-to-day running of the party,” said AIADMK spokesman Dheeran.