Truth is stranger than fiction - who would have guessed that Sasikala's choice - Palaniswami - will swear in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu?
Truth is stranger than fiction – who would have guessed that Sasikala’s choice – Palaniswami – will swear in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu? Now it is official and it is a clear sign of victory for Team Sasikala. Eddapadi Palanisami has been invited by the Governor to swear in as Chief Minister of the state.
If any astrologer had predicted that the biggest happening in 2017 would be the rise of Palanisami as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, everyone would have had a good laugh and called him crazy. But it is happening right now!
However, this is not the time to be overjoyed or heave a sigh of relief that the political impasse has finally ended. The turmoil in Tamil Nadu politics is not likely to end with this – you can expect more fireworks because this won’t be an easily accepted choice by the OPS camp or DMK. This may also give rise to political speculation that Sasikala and her family members will continue to control the AIADMK party.
How did it come to this?
Once upon a time, the AIADMK was a party with its framework and powers vested in one supreme authority alone – Jayalalithaa. Everything would have continued in a ”happily forever till the next election” phase but fate handed out a wild card that took the entire country by surprise.
Jayalalithaa passed away under mysterious circumstances and that grief plunged the people of Tamil Nadu into deep grief, paving the way for a political void within the party that soon began to crumble from within and a revolt became inevitable.
The first cracks in the AIADMK’s chink became evident with the demise of Jayalalithaa after 75 days of being hospitalised, a ”dark” period in Tamil Nadu’s politics because no one had a clue about her illness, the treatment that was being given to her and strangely, not even O Panneerselvam or Jayalalithaa’s relatives were allowed to see her.
While actress Gautami was the first to raise questions about this by writing two open letters addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there was no sign of an internal revolt till O Panneerselvam broke his silence after meditating one evening at Jaya Memorial and then his explosive revelations about being forced to resign shook the state and cracked the party’s ”we stand united” front.
According to the statements given by OPS, it is Sasikala who decided who would be allowed to see Jayalalithaa. He had also stated that he was humiliated several times and forced to resign by Sasikala and other AIADMK party members.
The 45-year-old AIADMK party is crumbling and the question is – will Palanisami be able to win the confidence of the party workers and the people?
A stable, efficient government is what the people of Tamil Nadu want – that alone will seal their determination and resilience to bounce back against all odds. But it’s too early to say whether we are wishing for too much at one go – after all, ‘happily forever after’ works only in fairy tales, not in Indian politics.