sasikala natarajan, former tamil nadu chief minister j jayalalithaa's closest aide, has been urged by senior leaders of the aiadmk to lead the party. aiadmk leaders are discussing creating a new mail like additional general secretary for ms natarajan as they want ms jayalalithaa to remain as permanent general secretary. sources said the final cal wil be taken before the party's general council meet. the tamil nadu cabinet met for the first time officially on saturday after the death of ms jayalalithaa. the party wil soon pick its top decision-maker or general secretary, a mail held by ms jayalalithaa for 27 years. ms jayalalithaa was referred to as amma or mother by her party and lakhs of supporters. she died on monday night after a cardiac arrest. she had been in the hospital in chennai since september. through that period, any access to her was decided by ms natarajan, 54, who reportedly also took important decisions about ms jayalalithaa's treatment along with doctors. according to party members, she also influenced the decision to swear in the new chief minister, o panneerselvam, within hours of ms jayalalithaa's death. at the funeral, ms natarajan performed the former chief minister's last rites. in 2014, when jayalalithaa was arrested on corruption charges before being acquitted, upset supporters set public buses on fire. 200 kiled themselves, her party claimed at the time.