With Jayalalithaa’s demise, Tamil Nadu’s politics is at a critical juncture, where the question of “Who will fill Puratchi Thalaivi’s shoes?” is still being asked and debated across the political circles and even among the ordinary people.
At this time, even as reports emerge that Sasikala Natrajan will be the real power centre, another bizarre speculation has risen to the forefront about Jayalalithaa’s political heir – the one she reportedly conveyed she wanted to see as her successor.
Believe it or not, the reference is to none other than the much-loved Tamil star – Thala! Or Ajith Kumar, which is his real name. Let’s not forget, in Tamil Nadu politics, these titles have always been of significance.
Malayalam TV news channels had run the same speculation this morning, hinting that Tamil superstar Ajith, known as Thala who reportedly shared a good relationship with former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, J Jayalalithaa, may be elected as a member of AIADMK’s legislative council. Not only this, the speculation is that Jayalalithaa, while she was unwell, reportedly conveyed to the party that she wanted Ajith to be their next leader and AIADMK party members were aware of this.
Earlier, the same speculation had been published in a Kannada daily, hinting that AIADMK is planning to elect Tamil star Ajith to take over as Chief Minister. Ajith, or Thala as his fans call him, has made no comments yet about any of these speculations nor have any members of the AIADMK party.
Will Thala emerge as Puratchi Thalaivi’s political heir successor? Or is this just another speculation spun by the ever-active rumor mills?
We will have to wait and watch what the AIADMK party will do next.