J Jayalalithaa was today unanimously elected as AIADMK Legislature Party leader, paving the way for her continuing as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu after she led her party for a record successive term in the Assembly polls. The newly-elected 132 MLAs of the party met at the AIADMK headquarters here and elected Jayalalithaa as their legislature party leader.
Thiruparankundram MLA S M Seenivel, who was indisposed, could not attend the meeting which was held under the leadership of party’s Presidium Chairman, E Madhusudhanan. Belying most of the exit polls, Jayalalithaa has led AIADMK to a “historic win,” as this was the first time after 1984 that voters of Tamil Nadu preferred a party for a successive term.
AIADMK is expected to stake claim to form the government later, marking party supremo Jayalalithaa’s stint as Chief Minister for the sixth time. The AIADMK cabinet is expected to be sworn in next week.