The drama happening in the political corridors of Tamil Nadu after the unfortunate demise of the former Chief Minister Jayalalithaa is far from being over. V K Sasikala’s sudden elevation didn’t go well with some party members and people of Tamil Nadu and forced the acting Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam to turn rebel.
Now, she is being glorified in banners across Tamil Nadu as the state’s first female Chief Minister, in an attempt to clear her image. Even though Janaki Ramchandran and Jayalalithaa are the two female leaders, who have previously served as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, neither of them was a Tamilian by birth.
While Janaki was Malayali, Jayalalithaa was a Kannadiga. Since a lot of questions have been raised over Sasikala’s selection as the new Chief Minister because of her zero political experience, this is probably the final trick left to get her the popular vote over O. Panneerselvan in the fight for the throne.
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Sasikala never held a designated position in the government or in AIADMK under Jayalalithaa but was a trusted aide of the former Chief Minister. When she was named as the Chief Minister candidate, it divided the party in two camps with people questioning the criteria for selection.
Supreme Court also gave a major setback to Sasikala as a report submitted by Governor Vidyasagar Rao to the Centre said that she cannot take the oath since there are few cases running against her. Earlier, O. Panneerselvam claimed that he was forced to resign from the post of Chief Minister and also alleged Sasikala for keeping part MLAs at a private resort against their will.
As of last update, Sasikala had reached Golden Bay Resort in Kuvathur where she was supposed to have a meeting with the party MLAs. Janaki served as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister for 23 days between 7 January 1988 – 30 January 1988 while Jayalaithaa was elected as CM five times.