It is said that truth is stranger than fiction. Now, several ”truths” have come tumbling out, like skeletons, out of Sasikala’s closet. The political future of Tamil Nadu has never looked as bleak and vulnerable as this before.
The first skeleton tumbled out when AIADMK leader PH Pandian made shocking revelations that Jayalalithaa was pushed during an argument at her Poes Garden residence, following which she collapsed and she was hospitalised to prevent any suspicion. This shocking revelation set off many ripples across not just the AIADMK but across Tamil Nadu.
Later in the evening, Deepa Jayakumar, Jayalalithaa’s niece, told reporters that it is sad for the people of Tamil Nadu CM if Sasikala becomes CM and that she would contest elections. She raised questions about her aunt’s hospitalisation, stated that multiple questions remain unanswered and that Apollo Hospital should have come out with a clearer statement much earlier.
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Following this in a late night development, O Paneerselvam sat in silence at the Jayalalithaa memorial at Marina beach and later told the people and the media that he was repeatedly insulted and humiliated by his own Ministers and not even informed about the party’s meeting to elect VK Sasikala as the leader of the legislature party. However, VK Sasikala’s response floated the ”DMK conspiracy” theory, clearly implying that OPS is working at the behest of DMK.
More shocking, OPS also revealed that he had visited Apollo hospital for 75 days but he was not even able to meet Jayalalithaa. This is exactly what actor Gautami had repeatedly raised as an issue in two of her open letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi – there has been no clarity on who took the key decisions concerning Jayalalithaa’s treatment and who gave the approvals to Apollo hospital allow certain visitors to see Jayalalithaa and also decide her treatment.
OPS further revealed that he had argued against Sasikala’s elevation as CM for nearly two hours but was told that his lack of support would violate the principles of the party. Feeling cornered, OPS clearly stated that he was forced to give his resignation but now ready to reconsider if the people of Tamil Nadu wanted.
“We are so happy that truth has come out. I welcome this step by OPS because he has said that he was insulted and forced to resign, I believe that Amma’s atma is blessing us and we should support OPS,” Sasikala Pushpa, AIADMK’s expelled leader stated.
“No Sasikala, we don’t want her as CM here,” many Tamilians chanted slogans openly last evening, following O Panneerselvam’s open revolt.
But the final word in the AIADMK is neither O Paneerselvam nor the people.
It is VK Sasikala who still holds all the cards, MLAs are reportedly supporting her and as of now, she is accountable to none.
The bigger question that continues looms large is: Will Chinnamma still swear in as Tamil Nadu CM? The ball is in the Governor’s court.