When Subramanian Swamy had expressed the wish that the Governor of Tamil Nadu, Ch. Vidyasagar Rao should swear in Sasikala (VKS) as the Chief Minister, even if only for a few days, he foresaw what would happen. For reasons best known to the Governor, he chose to not invite Sasikala to form the ministry, giving time for O Panneerselvam to marshal his thoughts/ call in favors/ re-kindle friendships and most importantly show spine. This led to him declaring a revolt last Tuesday.
As things stand today, neither faction of AIADMK has the numbers to form the government on their own. Rumors of VKS faction in talks with Congress and charges that OPS is in cahoots with the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) are in the air. One can easily see that of all the parties in Tamil Nadu, the least deserving of power is the Congress and they might end up being partners with the VKS group.
These last few days have clearly shown the anger people have towards Sasikala. While Dr. Swamy’s suggestion of inviting Sasikala to form the government last week itself may have sounded strange, think of what could have happened. AIADMK would have all its MLAs sans OPS and VKS would have stepped down in favor of say E Palanisamy. But the party would have been in one piece and kept DMK and Congress at bay. Now we will see money/ power/ booze/ sex flow freely as every inducement will be made to keep these MLAs. Never mind that over 80% constituents have gone to their respective police stations to report that their MLAs have gone missing!
We hope that AIADMK would see reason that being united is the best way forward for them and shun help from others. If not, Tamil Nadu and its people are in for a lot of pain in the weeks to come.