India And Tamil Nadu Politics: Sasikala Must Quit AIADMK – OpEd

The era of confusion and uncertainty that prevailed in Tamil Nadu since the death of the then CM Jayalalithaa in Tamil Nadu seems to have receded, if not disappeared, as the two major factions of the ruling AIADMK – Amma AIADMK of E. Palanisamy and Puratchithalaivi Amma AIADMK of O. Pannerselvam – have decided, after a prolonged drama for months, to forget their animosity and run the government and party jointly.

But the new arrangement has upset the jailed Sasikala and relatives.

Sasikala wanted special privileges the jail in Bangalore at par with those enjoyed by the former CM Jayalithaa. She also wanted to control the party and Jayalalithaa government by being in the jail for her financial crimes against Tami People, whose wealth she and her relatives have looted by staying at Poes garden house of Jayalalithaa for years.

With the two major factions of the ruling AIADMK having come together and formed a unified government in Tamil Nadu with O. Panneerselvam as Deputy CM, the writing on the Tamil wall is crystal clear: so-called Chinnamma and her chinnamma must quit the Party and the posts they have acquired following the untimely death of Jayalalithaa.
People of AIADMK and Tamil Nadu have rejected the opportunistic politics of Sasikala and her family. They must end political theater and quite the state but leaving behind the wealth they ha e amassed illegally by misusing Jayalithaa and heir Poes garden bungalow.

As Jayalithaa died, on mysterious circumstances, Sasikala and her brother Dinakaran were not in the party posts and both were kept away from party and government. By Jayalalithaa who knew very well about the Sasikala family.

By using the sudden illness of CM Jaya and her admission in the Apollo Hospital, Sasikala and her gang took control of the party and government and she planned to take both the party and government into her own hands and end Jayalithaa rule. Sasikala and Dinakaran and some AIAMDMK MLAs and ministers hated OPS because Jayalalithaa chose him to head the government in her absence in the jail and did not trust them at all.

Now OPS is back in the government as Deputy CM and all tricks of Sasikala and Dinakaran and a few anti-Jayalithaa people who are now with Dinakaran and Sasikala

A few Sasikala supportters have emerged all of a sudden, one of them is Pukazhendi who wanted to control the government and party but now in despairs as OPS and EPS have joined and highly disappointed Pukazendi is angry as he seems to be controlling some parts of finances of Sasikala and arranging for special privileges in jail for the prisoner Sasikala.

With the two major factions of the ruling AIADMK having come together and form a unified government in Tamil Nadu the writing on the Tamil wall is crystal clear: so-called Chinnamma must quit the Party and the posts they have acquired following the untimely death of Jayalalithaa.

Sasikala, who over night declared herself as “chinnamma” (little mother) to fool the grief struck people of Tamil Nadu particularly the AIADMK party cadres, quickly acted to take over the party and arranged her own swearing in ceremony as CM on the eve of her jail life, and also threw OP Pannerselvam from the party.

Had Sasikala allowed OPS to continue as CM and party treasurer, there would have been a smooth functioning of government and party. But Sasikala and her large family had ulterior motives and she is now in jail while OPS is back in the government and party.

Of course, now it is the end game for “chinnamma and chinnanna” in Tamil politics and Tamil Nadu.

Instead of further precipitate the issue Sasikala would do better by leaving the ruling party one for all. She must also direct the MLAs who are supporting her to rejoin the ruling AIADMK as the party does not belong to her.


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Dr. Abdul Ruff

Dr. Abdul Ruff

Dr. Abdul Ruff is a columnist contributing articles to many newspapers and journals on world politics. He is an expert on Mideast affairs, as well as a chronicler of foreign occupations and freedom movements (Palestine, Kashmir, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Xinjiang, Chechnya, etc.). Dr. Ruff is a specialist on state terrorism, the Chancellor-Founder of Center for International Affairs (CIA), commentator on world affairs and sport fixings, and a former university teacher. He is the author of various eBooks/books and editor for INTERNATIONAL OPINION and editor for FOREIGN POLICY ISSUES; Palestine Times.

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