Madras High Court adjourns hearing on plea moved by MK Stalin, seeks video evidence of vote trust proceedings

By: | Published: February 22, 2017 11:44 AM

Today marks yet another action-packed day for DMK after the Madras High Court adjourned hearing on on MK Stalin's plea on the trust vote to Monday.

MK Stalin clearly doesn’t want to make the same mistake that OPS had. (PTI)

Today marks yet another action-packed day for DMK after the Madras High Court adjourned hearing on on MK Stalin’s plea on the trust vote to Monday. The court has also sought video evidence of the vote trust proceedings that took place in the state legislative assembly. This morning, MK Stalin had begun a hunger strike against the ”murder of democracy” in Tamil Nadu. According to TV reports, this fast represents DMK’s strong protest over the ‘manhandling’ of MK Stalin in the state assembly when the trust vote was taken up in the legislative assembly. MK Stalin’s statement such as ”murder of democracy” hit the headlines today but should not cause much alarm. Powerful statements are not new to the Dravidian school of politics, where larger-than-life dialogues, almost filmy, create an aura of strong political will-power and a commitment to bring change.

The display of mediocrity or any sign of weakness has no place in Dravidian politics, which is why the state was ruled by larger-than-life iconic figures such as MGR and Jayalalithaa. This is also the reason why Jayalalithaa’s ”soul sister” rose through the party ranks of AIADMK to occupy an exalted position as “Chinnamma” and lost no time in commanding the funeral arrangements of Amma. She also lost no time to rein in the loyalty of her party men, even to the extent of having MLAs reportedly ”caged in a resort” until the day of the confidence motion in the state legislative assembly, when her choice – Palanisami was able to prove the numbers.

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This display of power did not easily come to O Panneerselvam who had been Chief Minister of the state not once but thrice. Despite the mass support that he had, he lost the right to command the loyalty of his cadres and as we all know, he failed to get the numbers that would have helped him stake a claim to form the government in Tamil Nadu.

MK Stalin clearly doesn’t want to make the same mistake that OPS had. The DMK Working President knows that this is the best time to strike the right chord with the masses. He understands the seething sentiment of the masses because they are not happy with Sasikala. For MK Stalin, this volatility presents the perfect backdrop to push his party’s cultural and political relevance to the people.
All eyes will be on the next court hearing which will be on Monday.

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