The journey from Poes Garden to Bengaluru prison was probably the most unexpected and painful journey for Sasikala, who had come so close to positioning herself as the next Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.
The journey from Poes Garden to Bengaluru prison was probably the most unexpected and painful journey for Sasikala, who had come so close to positioning herself as the next Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Forget about being Chief Minister of the state, her demands for a first class cell, home cooked meals, a helper and a TV in her room were rejected outright.
Sasikala slept on the hard floor and ate food cooked in jail as any other ordinary prisoner does. The grim reality is that Sasikala is now coming to terms with life in jail. She has to live without any of the comforts that she has been used to while living in Poes Garden. It can’t get tougher than this, can it?
How did it come to this? She was inches away from being sworn in as the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and before we could blink and say çheese, she is in jail!
In Sasikala’s struggle for supremacy in the AIADMK and despite O Panneerselvam’s unexpected revolt, it looked like everything was going in Sasikala’s favour. She had the numbers, the support of the MLAs and she had the authority within the party that was fast crumbling because on the fight between herself and OPS. Sasikala was still not budging an inch and continued to order cadres around and not give OPS an inch of space to demonstrate his authority in the party.
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But everything has changed for Chinnamma – it took an eight-minute Supreme Court verdict to overturn Sasikala’s political destiny. Still, she had her strategy in place. She deftly placed a successor so that she could continue to call the shots even from prison, took her own sweet time to “surrender” despite the Supreme Court judges telling her to do so immediately. The following day, she even went to the extent of approaching the apex court again to seek more time before she surrendered. The plea was rejected by Supreme Court, following which she had to surrender last evening.
When it rains, it sometimes pours cats and dogs – which is what seems to have happened with Sasikala too. Jail life isn’t going to be easy this time, especially since Jayalalithaa is not with her this time and is now just a memory.