Now O Panneerselvam is playing to win and turning the tables on Sasikala with every strategic move!

By: | Updated: February 9, 2017 12:13 PM

We know by now that Sasikala is set to meet the Governor at 5 PM today. Too many things have changed over the last two days.

O Panneerselvam, V K Sasikala, resignation, Tamil Nadu, Chief Minister, TN Chief, AIADMKWhat began as an open revolt by O Panneerselvam is now a full-blown war, with both opponents playing out their moves strategically. (PTI)

The battle lines are clearly drawn now in Tamil Nadu. We know by now that Sasikala is set to meet the Governor at 5 PM today. Too many things have changed over the last two days. What began as an open revolt by O Panneerselvam is now a full-blown war, with both opponents playing out their moves strategically. Once you decide to fight it out in a war, there is no stepping back. You have to play to win, which is exactly what O Pannerselvam is doing right now.

OPS is no longer playing defensive, he is turning the tables on Sasikala Natarajan and how! As Amma’s loyalist who is not claiming to step into her shoes or move into her residence, OPS seems to have the support of the people. More MLAS are switching to his side, according to TV reports.

The latest move by OPS is to assert his position as AIADMK Treasurer. He has written to banks to assert his position as the Treasurer though Sasikala had already sacked him. Not just that, OPS has announced big plans for converting Poes Garden – Jayalalithaa’s residence – into a Jaya Memorial.

In one powerful stroke, OPS has ”killed two birds with one stone” – and this doesn’t spell good news for Sasikala Natarajan.

Let’s admit it – a political party’s survival depends to a great extent on the political funds that it has access to. The person controlling it has more power within the party than anyone else.

Secondly, by occupying Jayalalithaa’s residence immediately after her burial, Sasikala had angered many Tamilians and yet by occupying the residence, she succeeded briefly in creating an ecosystem of invincible aura and commanding obedience from everyone around her – this mirage is now fast crumbling.

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Hard-hitting as this may sound, the fact remains that Sasikala is not Jayalalithaa and for her or anyone else to imagine that Chinnamma can command the same blind loyalty or respect from the political class or the masses would be stretching things too far. It may be tantamount to underestimating the power tactics that can make or break one’s success in mastering the nuances of Dravidian politics, which has witnessed the unbelievable fall of influential political heirs like MGR’s wife Janaki from holding on to the post of CM. Back then, it is Rajiv Gandhi’s support to Jayalalithaa that helped her to initially come back to power in the state and the rest is history.

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Even as Sasikala reiterates that she is absolutely confident about proving majority, the latest TV reports indicate another story altogether. OPS is garnering support from MLAs and Sasikala seems to be losing her ground.

Now all eyes are on Governor Vidyasagar Rao, who will have to not just tally the numbers, weigh the constitutional pros and cons but also take the final decision that can seal Tamil Nadu’s political future and perhaps, Sasikala’s destiny too, for she is the one who stands to lose everything at one stroke in this political battle.

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