I was reading an article and read the following line. This article is about political situation in Tamil Nadu in India.
.It helped that the party was in power when she died; otherwise, the district-level leaders might have begun pulling in different directions whether or not Ms. Sasikala became the general secretary. Mr. Stalin can afford to bide his time to see how the AIADMK holds in the post-Jayalalithaa phase and if the visible signs of cadre disenchantment with Ms. Sasikala become accentuated.
Now I did not understand the line marked in bold. The article is from The Hindu. Here's a link to it