After taking Oath as Tamil Nadu chief minister will Palaniswamy emerge as an alternative power centre?

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New Delhi | Published: February 16, 2017 5:39:46 PM

It is a huge victory for Sasikala. She made a good first move of choosing Edappady Palanisamy as her proxy. Clearly Sasikala is following in the footsteps of Jayalalithaa.

tamil nadu crisis, tamil nadu news, tamil nadu latest news, Palaniswamy, Palaniswamy news, Palaniswamy latest newsEven with changing scenarios and fast paced developments, it is unlikely that the proxy chief minister, Palaniswamy might end up as an independent power centre. (ANI)

It is a huge victory for Sasikala. She made a good first move of choosing Edappady Palanisamy as her proxy. Clearly Sasikala is following in the footsteps of Jayalalithaa. But the first thing for Edappady Palaniswamy will be to clear the floor test. AIADMK is playing safe and retaining the same portfolios except bringing in one new face who is also a loyalist. However, the magical figure of 127 legislators that are right now supposedly backing Palanisamy can have second thoughts and switch sides. According to experts, if he loses even seven MLAs, the newly formed government may go for a toss. Also there is a chance that the caste factor may kick in making it difficult for Palaniswamy to hold on his position. However, some experts feel that there is going to be political instability. Once that is cleared the next question is will Edippadi emerge as a third power centre within AIADMK? After Sasikala, Panneerselvam, will Palaniswami emerge as an independent centre. If going by how AIADMK works, its loyalty that works and it is loyalty that will keep him in place.O Panneerselvam who had public support and many other advantages, yet lost out because he didnot have the support of Sasikala–the heir apparent of Jayalalithaa legacy. Palaniswamy is not looking to buck Sasikala’s supremacy and that he has done by retaining 19portfolios with loyalists of Sasikala, that is only half the number of those who have taken the oath in the Palaniswami cabinet, and their survival depends on how loyal they remain in the times to come.

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Even with changing scenarios and fast paced developments, it is unlikely that the proxy chief minister, Palaniswamy might end up as an independent power centre. While Tamil Nadu politics has a strong tradition of loyalists, it also has a tradition of the same people becoming independent power centres emerging out of the shadow of their mentors.

However, a stable government is what the people of the state want. And they must have it. It’s the first time after Jayalalithaa demise that Tamil Nadu has a full-time Chief Minister ending 10 days of suspense’
in Tamil Nadu.

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