[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]U[/dropcap]neasy lies the head that wears the crown. The ink hasn’t dried on the signatures and fissures have already appeared in the Sasikala faction of the AIADMK making the Edappadi Palaniswamy’s continuation as chief minister untenable and uncertain. Efforts are on to anoint T T V Dinakaran, Deputy General Secretary of the AIADMK, who is the nephew of V K Sasikala, party general secretary, as the new chief minister.
It is said that on Sunday morning, Palaniswamy was summoned to Veda Nilayam in Poes Garden, the house belonging to Jayalalithaa which has been usurped by the Sasikala clan after Jayalalithaa’s death and told him bluntly that he had crossed the limit.
Reports coming from the AIADMK headquarters tell that Sasikala, who has been imprisoned at the Parappana Agrahara Jail in Bangalore following her conviction and sentence in the Disproportionate Asset case, was shocked by the statement made by chief minister Palaniswamy at the Jayalalithaa Memorial on Saturday after winning the trust vote in the Assembly.
Palaniswamy and his ministerial colleagues drove down to Marina Beach where Jayalalithaa has been buried and offered floral tributes. Speaking to reporters at the Memorial, Palaniswamy said that all MLAs and party cadre were happy because he had won the trust vote. “Sasikala’s vow has been fulfilled. Amma’s rule has blossomed in Tamil Nadu. All MLAs and the people are happy,” said Palaniswamy.
T T V Dinakaran, who was standing near him, looked upset over the statement by the chief minister. It is said that on Sunday morning, Palaniswamy was summoned to Veda Nilayam in Poes Garden, the house belonging to Jayalalithaa which has been usurped by the Sasikala clan after Jayalalithaa’s death and told him bluntly that he had crossed the limit. “You are only a temporary chief minister and you should mind your language,” Dinakaran reportedly told Palaniswamy.
Sasikala, while on her way to Bangalore to surrender before the special court following the Supreme Court verdict had visited the Jayalalithaa Memorial and had slammed the tomb thrice. She was seen cursing someone and took a vow, which according to insiders in the AIADMK was that she would bring back Amma’s rule.
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]T[/dropcap]he Chinnamma feels that Palaniswamy’s statement that her vow has been fulfilled, Amma’s rule has been established and the people are happy was an indirect message to her not to worry about such things. Sasikala’s theatrics at Jayalalithaa’s memorial is being widely discussed in Tamil Nadu as well as in rest of the country.
It is very likely that Dinakaran would be the AIADMK candidate for the R K Nagar by-poll.
Interestingly, Dinakaran too accompanied Palaniswamy when the latter called on Governor Rao in Sunday morning. “There was no need for Dinakaran to be in the entourage of the chief minister when the latter called on the Governor. This means that the Sasikala family does not trust even Palaniswamy. When the chief minister calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi sometime next month, Dinakaran too will accompany him to ensure that Palaniswamy does not conspire with the Prime Minister,” said a source in AIADMK headquarters.
Dinakaran’s visit to Raj Bhavan has raised many eyebrows in Tamil Nadu. “How can a person who claims to be a citizen of Singapore could be appointed as the head of a political party in India,” asked a senior AIADMK leader on condition of anonymity. Dinakaran, who was an accused in the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act violation case had been sentenced to pay a fine of Rs.25 crore (Rs.250 million) by the Tax Tribunal of India. Though the court did not accept his claim that he was a Singapore citizen for exemption of payment of fine, the fact remains that he himself has agreed the fact that he was not an Indian citizen.
It is very likely that Dinakaran would be the AIADMK candidate for the R K Nagar by-poll. R K Nagar fell vacant following the demise of Jayalalithaa who was elected from the constituency in 2015 (by-poll) and 2016 assembly election.
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]T[/dropcap]here are also reports to get Sasikala shifted to a jail in Tamil Nadu, preferably in Chennai, from Bangalore. The Mannargudi family and the government of Tamil Nadu will soon contact the Karnataka Government to get Chinnamma shifted to Chennai. If that materializes, Chinnamma can stay in Veda Nilayam which could be converted into a special prison.
If Madani could be lodged in Bangalore jail, what prevents the Karnataka government from keeping Chinnamma in the same jail?
The strategy is to make the Government of Karnataka tell the court that the jail in Bangalore does not have sufficient security to ensure the safety of Chinnamma. In return, Karnataka may be allowed by Tamil Nadu to use the entire Cauvery Water and there would not be any pressure to institute the Cauvery Management Board.
But political commentators point out that Bangalore Jail has many convicts like Abdul Nazer Madani, the Islamic terrorist who is an accused in many cases of murder and mayhem. If Madani could be lodged in Bangalore jail, what prevents the Karnataka government from keeping Chinnamma in the same jail?, they ask.
Anything can happen in Tamil Nadu because it is the Mannargudi Mafia, a law unto themselves, which is ruling the State..
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