Sasikala convicted: With growing MP support, OPS more suited to challenge Modi than 'spy' Palanisamy
The biggest takeaway from Tuesday's Supreme Court verdict that convicted VK Sasikala to four years of jail is that for the first time ever in probably 25 years there is real hope for the people of Poes Garden area to enter their own locality without having to clear a police sentry.
Chennai: The biggest takeaway from Tuesday's Supreme Court verdict that convicted VK Sasikala to four years of jail is that for the first time ever in probably 25 years there is real hope for the people of Poes Garden area to enter their own locality without having to clear a police sentry.
Another important point we would like to make here is "Palanisamy" is clearly — it beats us how senior political analysts can keep this piece of info away from the public — an anagram of "I, an MLA, (and) a spy".
But Sasikala and Palanisamy aside, there are plenty of other characters in this sensational political drama that are holding Tamil Nadu in a thrall — heaven knows for how long — as we really have had no time take our eyes off the television and mobile screens and look at things like the calendar or even the road. What are they up to today? We check that out here... maybe.
Also, while the Tuesday Supreme Court verdict brought an end to a big phase of uncertainty, in the process it also set off what seems like a bigger phase of confusion. Crank's News gets behind the scenes to bring out what could be in store over the extended period of next four or five hours:
What Governor Vidyasagar Rao may do
In a crisis-laden political situation like this, the governor is the authority empowered by the Constitution to spend his time practically doing nothing. Though technically, the governor's office calls it "consulting with experts".
Rao too, we are told, has been sounding out various "legal luminaries", who have reportedly advised him to follow one of these two courses:
1. Stick to Constitutional precedents;
2. No need to stick to Constitutional precedents.
Raj Bhavan sources say that the governor, as of now, is sticking to a third option, which is taking no real decision, possibly in the hope that the problem solves itself.
But sooner or later, he has to convene the Assembly, and by the looks of it, it has to be at Koovathur, because most of the MLAs seem to have not moved out of it as yet.
Sasikala: From Poes Garden to prison
At the moment of writing, she, Elvis-like, has left the building (Veda Nilayam) and is on the way to Bengaluru by road. She is expected to surrender in court tomorrow after being stuck in Sriperumpudur Highway traffic all day.
Even though the Supreme Court has rejected her plea for some more time to surrender, her legal team has chosen the next best option: they have moved a Bengaluru civil court, which any one with even a passing acquaintance with law matters will confirm to you, is the country's highest court.
Another weapon up Sasikala's armour is that she has a legitimate case to appeal to the SC for giving her a translated version of the verdict copy. Translated to Tamil? No, translated to actual English that actual people can understand.
Justice Amitava Roy's prose in the verdict is so dense that it can possibly stop bullets fired from any gun.
Politically, Sasikala, before leaving for Bengaluru, has reinstated TTV Dinakaran and Dr Venkatesh into the party. This, as a strategy, can help her consolidate the various opinions against her to become one cogent, voluble and strong voice of sustained opposition.
Sasikala has also taken a vow of sorts at the Jaya memorial before her "convoy" that left for Bengaluru. Though it is not clear as to what exactly was her vow, the popular guess is that she pledged to make the memorial land, and also Marina, her personal property. She and her family have a reason for such a vow: Mannargudi historically doesn't have a beach.
OPS: From CM to rebel
After Tuesday's verdict, the MLAs, now in Koovathur, were expected to make a quick march to O Panneerselvam's camp. But that didn't happen. But on Tuesday night, OPS got a major shot in the arm with Jayalalithaa's niece Deepa Jayakumar openly expressing her support for him. No, wait. Deepa is not even a party member. Deepa's open backing to OPS is expected to bring in more such non-party members to his fold who can take pictures with him and then go back to watching television.
OPS has now more MPs than MLAs supporting him, which means ... exactly, more than Edappadi Palanisamy, Narendra Modi should fear that he doesn't end up staking a claim to form the government at the Centre.
And before we wind up, we want to leave this all-important message to our North Indian journalists who have chosen to come down here to cover this political imbroglio: Edappadi is not his first name. It is his hometown.
Now, off we go to listen to some music of Lalgudi's.
The author is Editor of News Today, Chennai.
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