Sasikala loyalist becomes the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
The Lady runs the state! She can control her political party and the state staying behind the bars. She is the Sasikala who may surrender to the court but still has a strong hold on her power. Ms Sasikala was jailed in Bangalore on Wednesday to serve four years for corruption. Though she will continue to be General Secretary of the party, Mr Thambidurai said.
Edappadi Palaniswami, VK Sasikala’s substitute, will look for the vote of confidence today to prove he has got the majority support in the TN state legislature, at a special session summoned by the Governor of state, C Vidyasagar Rao. Palaniswami needs to prove he has got the support of at least 117 lawmakers. And he strongly believes that he will get 124 of the AIADMK’s 134 MLAs.
Mr Palaniswami has taken the oath of Chief Minister along with a 31-member cabinet. It should be mentioned boldly that Mr Palaniswami is the state’s third Chief Minister in three months. An old loyalist of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, he replaces O Panneerselvam, who has been allotted to other ministers. Mr Panneerselvam -the lost competitor in the run of being Chief Minister has said that his “battle will continue.” Mr Panneerselvam too had staked claim to the top post but could not arrange enough support within the party, has told that power is now with those responsible for Jayalalithaa’s death.
Mr. Panneerselvam also took the oath as Chief Minister Hours after the death of Ms. Jayalalithaa. He has raised his voice saying that he was forced to resign last week to facilitate Ms. Sasikala’s take over. Public opinion distinctly tilted towards the OPS versus Ms. Sasikala.
However, In Friday evening, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Spoke to Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami & congratulated him on taking over as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.”
Now it is our time to wait for the near future of Tamil Nadu. It will be really interesting to know how fast the political casualties can recover from the quake of corruption and how Sasikala runs her party from the jail.