Tamil Nadu's political road-map changed drastically after the death of J Jayalalithaa. The man (O Panneerselvam) who was always seen prostrating before the mighty Amma, has transformed into a formidable antagonist, exhibiting lofty ambitions.
Not to be outdone, before leaving for prison, VK Sasikala changed the power dynamics within the party in such a way, leaving no one in doubt where the real power centre lies. The AIADMK is in the throes of a power struggle that might lead to an eventual split. Though the state is not unfamiliar with political turmoil, the drama that has unfolded in the past couple of months has been unprecedented.
And to add to this mix, Deepak Jayakumar, Jayalalithaa's nephew, pledged his support to Panneerselvam. Earlier, he was perceived to be supporting the Sasikala faction of AIADMK. Quoting Jayakumar, The Times of India reported, "Dinakaran is not fit to be the party deputy general secretary. My aunt was opposed to family politics. She got Dinakaran MP post (sic), and she threw him out of the party too." He also said that he was ready to pay the Rs 100 crore fine the SC had imposed on Jaya for offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act, adding that Sasikala is already there and that "OPS Anna" should be given Dinakaran's post.
Meanwhile, on Friday, MK Stalin requested President Pranab Mukherjee to annul the trust vote in Tamil Nadu Assembly in which E Palaniswami had emerged triumphant.
"After throwing all 89 DMK MLAs out, a confidence vote was held. We have apprised the President about it and the way in which Assembly Speaker conducted the proceedings in favour of the ruling party," said Stalin. He added,"We have asked the President to nullify the confidence vote and direct the Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao to hold a fresh floor test through secret ballot. Uttar Pradesh and Jharkhand have set an example in holding secret ballots."
Updated Date: Feb 24, 2017 12:47 PM