VK Sasikala’s elevation as the leader of AIADMK Legislative Party and the resignation of sitting Chief Minister O Panneerselvam has attracted sharp reactions from people across Tamil Nadu, as well as outside. Scores of them can’t digest Sasikala’s elevation as the state CM as they had not voted for her, but J Jayalalithaa, who died recently. Pannerselvam was appointed Tamil Nadu CM after a number of days of political uncertainty following the death of one of the most beloved Chief Ministers of the state. It has been argued that even Panneerselvam would be acceptable as the state’s CM as had fought the assembly elections, but not Sasikala, who has apparently taken control of entire AIADMK machinery after Jaya’s death.
The news of Sasikala’s elevation also evoked sharp reactions from Twitterati. Some even took to jokes to reflect on the sorry state of Tamil Nadu politics. Here we take a look at five tweets that also reflect the mood of Tamil Nadu right now.
— яαvιтεנα кαℓℓυя (@ravitejakallur) February 5, 2017
School exam question: Give an eg for Tenses?
— Mahesh Babu Matamala (@IamMMB) February 6, 2017
— Mukul Vora (@MukulVora) February 6, 2017
— Smita Barooah (@smitabarooah) February 6, 2017
TN right now pic.twitter.com/FcDYptMPRG
— Amarar J.Jayalalitha (@jayalalitha_j) February 5, 2017
On Sunday, Sasikala said she was pursued by O. Panneerselvam to become the next chief minister of Tamil Nadu.
“Following the demise of Amma (Jayalalithaa), it was O. Panneerselvam who urged me first to take charge as the general secretary of AIADMK. It was Panneerselvam who again insisted first, that I become the Chief Minister of the state,” Sasikala told ANI. Prior to this, Panneerselvam had proposed the name of Natarajan as the leader of AIADMK legislature party.
“AIADMK chief Sasikala Natarajan aka Chinamma all set to become the next Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. AIADMK MLAs elect Sasikala Natarajan as legislative party leader. Current Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam proposed the name of Chinnamma (Sasikala Natarajan) as the leader of AIADMK Legislature Party Leader,” AIADMK said in a statement.
(With agency inputs)