Power struggle in Tamil Nadu, India: AIADMK CM
Panneerselvam, rival Sasikala fight to control Tamil Nadu's ruling AIADMK!
AIADMK crisis is gaining
importance in India as Tamil Nadu is being deprived of governance for months
while intense power struggle is rocking the ruling AIADMK and Panneerselvam
With Jayalalithaa no
more to control Tamil Nadu's ruling party, the AIADMK, and government and her
friend Sasikala trying to assert herself by putting herself into
Jayalalithaa’s shoes to control the party and government, Tamil the AIADMK, now
under General Secretary Sasikala Natarajan, is locked in a bitter all-out war
within with the acting Chief Minister O Panneerselvam vowing to stay put in
office while Sasikala, feeling suffocated that he put a
spanner to her rising prowess, has called him a “traitor” and
accused him of trying to split the party with the DMK's backing. Panneerselvam
has in an interview to Thanthi TV made it clear that he tolerated
Sasikala and team seeking to control the party and co government could not
object to Sasikala’s aggressive moves for power because he did not want to be
cause of split in the party.
Sasikala convened a
meeting on February 08 with MLAs where she got their support for her agenda and
also took away their mobiles so that they don’t talk to others. Later she has
taken all MLAs to n undefined destination and put them in five star hotels -
near tourist destination Mahabalipuram. Her supporters defend the Sasikala
action as being tactical move
Clearly Sasikala, going
by an elaborate planning has managed majority support but if she loses some 10
MLAs, she would majority in the assembly. Aleady 6 MLAs have expressed support
for CM Panneerselvam. Thus both Sasikala and OPS camps claim majority support
among the AIADMK's 134 MLAs in Tamil Nadu. In the latest drama, nearly 130 of
those legislators have been bussed to a hotel near the Chennai airport by
Sasikala to make sure they don't switch camps. It seems many MLAs are under
duress under Sasikala.
Both camps claim majority support among the AIADMK's 134 MLAs in
Tamil Nadu. In the latest drama, nearly 130 of those legislators have been
bussed to a hotel near the Chennai airport by Sasikala to make sure they don't
switch camps. The MLAs are expected in New Delhi tomorrow to meet President
Pranab Mukherjee. AIADMK MPs have reached Delhi to meet the president and raise
the issue in the parliament.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Governor
Ch Vidyasagar Rao, who is expected to play a key role in resolving the crisis
or recommend President's Rule in the state, is in Mumbai, triggering the
Congress charge that the BJP is trying to fish in the troubled waters of Tamil
Nadu. He is expected to be in Chennai on February 09 and might meet the MLAs.
TV channels in Tamil Nadu and Delhi keep debating the issue from
Meanwhile, CM Panneerselvam has asked banks not to release any
money to AIADMK without his permission as he remains the treasurer of AIADMK.
Panneerselvam said Jayalalithaa asked him to the CM but
Sasikala team is persecuting him. Sasikala camp is now publishing photographs
of Jayalalithaa with Sasikala during their hey days to show how close
they are. Both fought an got separated for a couple of years and the illegal
assets case proceedings brought them together once again.
With Jayalalithaa's photo in his shirt pocket, a teary-eyed
Panneerselvam was watched by a large number of his supporters and AIADMK
activists. Before leaving the memorial, Panneerselvam also did a parikrama of Jayalalithaa's memorial.
While Sasikala claimed that it was Panneerselvam who wanted her to
become the party chief and the Chief Minister, he has not spoken on the subject
In another dramatic turn in Tamil Nadu's politics, the incumbent
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam tonight made an unscheduled visit at
AIADMK chief J Jayalalithaa's memorial and sat there meditating for almost 40
With Jayalalithaa's photo in
his shirt pocket, a teary-eyed Panneerselvam was watched by a large number of
his supporters and AIADMK activists. Before leaving the memorial, Panneerselvam
also did a parikrama of
Addressing the media after his meditation, Paneerselvam said,
"Jayalalithaa's soul called out to me, so i came here to search my
conscious. Also, I want to tell some truth to the people of this country and
He said, "I have performed
my duty without any shortcomings and carried forward path shown by Ammaa (Jaya)
Sasikala's team is pressurizing me." "I am the
conscience keeper of Amma. But I resolved to myself that I will continue to
work in Amma's name and that's when Cyclone Vardah also happened. I worked not
for myself but for amma's spirit. I did everything possible to ensure Vardah
wasn't an issue and that irritated Sasikala."
"Minister Udhayakumar told me Sasikala must become chief minister. I asked
if it was ok considering that the legislative party chose me. He said if you
don't agree, I will show you. Another minister came to me and assured me that
Udhayakumar's words were wrong, but he went and said the same thing in Madurai.
MLA Sengottaiyan also said the same thing. Some legislators spoke to me and I
told them that I'm sitting here as the chief minister then why are they
humiliating me like this." He said, "If people are with me I will
take back my resignation."
The AIADMK leader, who became
the Chief Minister after Jayalalithaa died on December 5, quit on Sunday to
make way for VK Sasikala to take charge of the government.
The AIADMK today said the Governor is constitutionally obligated
to swear-in duly-elected person as Chief Minister and that it was not worried
over the legal challenges against impending swearing-in of Sasikala to the top
elected post. "It is a constitutional obligation on the part of a Governor
to swear-in a duly-elected person as the Chief Minister," AIADMK
spokesperson Panruti S. Ramachandran said. Asked about the delay in the
government formation, Ramachandran said the party is awaiting Governor Ch.
Vidyasagar Rao's return to Chennai.
Actor Kamal Hasan spoke about the anger of the people of Tamil
Nadu, especially the sense of betrayal and how they must come to the streets if
their politicians don't get their act together. The actor said that O
Panneerselvam is competent enough to lead Tamil Nadu and Sasikala, in a sense,
should back off from confrontation. In his interview, Haasan agreed that
Sasikala's proximity to Jayalalithaa is no reason for her to become the chief minister
and she should back off and let the people decide.
"Time of dice playing was
done with in Mahabharat. We can't be playing dice and hawking our family wives
and lives, in favour of some numbers (Sasikala's MLA support). We don't trade.
We are the people," said Haasan.
On Sasikala imposing her will -
"Even I cannot impose my will. I can speak what I think, but can't impose.
I may be proven wrong, but I must speak. Tamil Nadu has not had the best of
service from politicians for more than 60 years. The first 10 years were
glorious, but Congress..Kamraj-ji, Raja-ji. they all became complacent. Then
came Dravidian parties. Those promises were also not kept," said Haasan.
Jayalalithaa’s preference for Panneerselvam has upset most
ministers in Jayalalithaa cabinet and they all waited for a chance to fix him.
It appears Sasikala and her allies were upset that Panneerselvam
won the jallikattu fight with the central government while Sasikala had no role
THE AIADMK CRISIS:
All of sudden Sasikala came to limelight as she moved swiftly to
capture the party and government.
1. Addressing AIADMK MLAs at the party headquarters, Sasikala accused
Panneerselvam of committing an "evil act" by covertly aligning with
the DMK to undermine the ruling party.
2. "Nobody will believe that I forced him to resign as Chief
Minister. Not the people, nor the (AIADMK) cadres," she said.
3. "This is a deceitful plan of the DMK," she said,
referring to DMK leader MK Stalin's opposition to her attempts to become the
4. Refuting Sasikala's allegation that it was aiding Chief Minister O
Panneerselvam in his revolt against his party's leadership, DMK said its
support to him was issue-based.
5. Day after Panneerselvam revolted against Sasikala, the long-time
confidante of former Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa accused the acting Chief
Minister of "betrayal" after he refused to back her plans to head the
6. On his part, Panneerselvam announced that a Supreme Court judge
will head a Commission of Inquiry to probe the December 5 demise of
Jayalalithaa. He said there were many questions over the death.
7. Asked if he would stake claim to form the government as Chief
Minister again, he told the media: "Wait and see."
8. Meanwhile, amid political uncertainty, Maharashtra Governor Ch
Vidyasagar Rao, who also holds charge for Tamil Nadu, continued to stay put in
Mumbai with no indication of when he will travel to Chennai.
9. The Congress has alleged the BJP is trying to fish in the troubled
waters of Tamil Nadu "unconstitutionally" and instructing the
Governor to not go to the state.
allegation, the BJP said it had no role in the "internal matters" of the
crisis-ridden AIADMK and asserted that Governor will take a decision soon to
resolve the issue.