Tamil Nadu Crisis: Sasikala is convicted by Supreme Court in Misappropriate Assets case.

Tamil Nadu Crisis: Sasikala is convicted by Supreme Court in Misappropriate assets case.  Sasikala’s number game and Challenge for democracy!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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Sasikala is convicted by Supreme Court in Misappropriate assets case.

Sasikala is making a mockery of democracy by resorting to blackmail strategy to acquire power in Tamil Nadu at any cost. And, she is bolding doing without being an elected member of assembly and without any direction and approval by the former CM Jayalalithaa now deceased. By misusing the MLAs belonging to Jayalalithaa she is in fact challenging democracy in the country.

Sasikala is also doing everything illegal. She has kidnapped the MLAs of A ruling AIADMk thinking all of them support her case. She says since the majority of MLAs are behind her she should be the CM. that is thrashing democratic process. She should first face the people of Tamil Nadu and gt elected if possible and then her mockery of democracy would make some sense.

The strong financial gang in Mannargudi -the home town of Sasikala – is working behind Sasikala and is eager to see that she become CM so that they can go ahead with their own hidden agenda to loot the resources that belong to common masses

Sasikala is doing al gimmicks to keep the MLA s flock stay with her obviously by tell them that CM Panneerselvam has no majority and she has it and if they switch both won’t be the CM. That is not good for AIADMK MLAs. She may have given money to each MLA and family apart from paying for their comfortable enjoyment at the 5 star-hotel. Sasikala is now staying in the 5 star hotel after leaving Poes Garden residence of Jayalalithaa in order to see none of MLAs leaves her after taking money.

That is indeed bribery.

Hopefully the Supreme Court in its historic judgment would  end Sasikala’s designs to  rule the state

Reconciliation by Sasikala by extending support to CM Panneerselvam alone could save her form disgrace she is attempting.

Tamil Nadu Crisis: Sasikala’s number game and Challenge for democracy!

Tamil Nadu Crisis: Sasikala’s number game and Challenge for democracy!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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Sasikala is making a mockery of democracy by resorting to blackmail strategy to acquire power in Tamil Nadu at any cost. And, she is bolding doing without being an elected member of assembly and without any direction and approval by the former CM Jayalalithaa now deceased. By misusing the MLAs belonging to Jayalalithaa she is in fact challenging democracy in the country.

Sasikala is also doing everything illegal. She has kidnapped the MLAs of A ruling AIADMk thinking all of them support her case. She says since the majority of MLAs are behind her she should be the CM. that is thrashing democratic process. She should first face the people of Tamil Nadu and gt elected if possible and then her mockery of democracy would make some sense.

The strong financial gang in Mannargudi -the home town of Sasikala – is working behind Sasikala and is eager to see that she become CM so that they can go ahead with their own hidden agenda to loot the resources that belong to common masses

Sasikala is doing al gimmicks to keep the MLA s flock stay with her obviously by tell them that CM Panneerselvam has no majority and she has it and if they switch both won’t be the CM. That is not good for AIADMK MLAs. She may have given money to each MLA and family apart from paying for their comfortable enjoyment at the 5 star-hotel. Sasikala is now staying in the 5 star hotel after leaving Poes Garden residence of Jayalalithaa in order to see none of MLAs leaves her after taking money.

That is indeed bribery.

Hopefully the Supreme Court in its historic judgment would  end Sasikala’s designs to  rule the state

Reconciliation by Sasikala by extending support to CM Panneerselvam alone could save her form disgrace she is attempting.

India: Tamil Nadu turmoil: Setback for Sasikala: Attorney General advises governor to conduct floor test!

India: Tamil Nadu turmoil: Setback for Sasikala: Attorney General advises governor to conduct floor test!
-Dr. Abdul ruff Colachal
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Tamil Nadu is passing through a difficult phase in its political history. AIADMK’s interim general secretary Sasikala has been demanding the Governor to swear her in as she has a clear majority of party MLAs in the assembly, while CM Panneerselvam has demanded to let him withdraw his resignation letter because he did so on coercion by Sasikala

Even while most AIADMK MLAs are kept in a 5 star hotel spending huge sums on each – have they been purchased by Sasikala like the cricketers in IPL or footballers at ISL by India’s billionaires and corporate lords, who evade taxes and increase their black money?

One such AIADMK MLAs Saravanan MLA from South Madurai constituency-who was locked in the star hotel, escaped in a guise and escaped from the hotel. There is a case in the High court about the kidnaping and secretly keeping of MLAs in a unknown place.

In a dramatic turn of events in political crisis in Tamil Nadu, India, arising out of division in the ruling AIADMK following the death of its leader Jayalalithaa, the Attorney General of India has said the Governor needs to go for a floor test to ascertain the support of party MLAs by the CM Pannerselvam and his rival Sasikala.

After the Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi’s opinion was consulted on Saturday, the A-G advised Governor Vidyasagar Rao to conduct a floor test within a week. If Rao heeds his advice, this will be the first time that the two chief ministerial candidates will face a direct face-off and the numbers will determine the ultimate results. Sources said that the opinion was sought by Rao from the Attorney General who has cited the 1998 Supreme Court judgement in the Jagdambika Pal case in which the apex court had ordered a floor test in the Assembly to determine who among the two claimants — Jagdambika Pal and Kalyan Singh — had the majority for chief ministership of Uttar Pradesh.

The opinion, the sources said, has stated that Governor should call a special session within a week’s time and have a composite floor test as was ordered by the Supreme Court in the Jagdambika Pal case”. The opinion on floor test was given as the two claimants are from the same party and they will be pitted against each other to determine who commands majority support in the Assembly, the sources said.
SC verdict to decide Sasikala’s political future

Having secretly kept her future plan Sasikala decided to execute it in perfection with the help of CM Panneerselvam but it got misfired as the governor refused to sear her in for serious legal reasons. Though she could be punished for her financial crimes she insists she should be invited by the governor to form government wither favorite MLAs who support her more actively than others. After much wait, a bench of Justices PC Ghose and Amitava Roy is likely to pronounce the judgment at 10.30 am on February 14 Tuesday on a batch of appeals, including the one filed by the Karnataka government against the high court verdict acquitting prime accused Jayalalithaa and her close aide (and now AIADMK’s interim general secretary and temporary legislature party head) Sasikala in the Rs 66 crore disproportionate assets case.

Prosecution lawyer says that verdict would be given on Sasikala one way or the other.

 

Sasikala keeps visiting ‘detained’ MLAs

Ahead of the verdict, Sasikala visited the five-star Golden Bay resort (Rs 10,000 per day per MLA plus othr charges for “special” services) where many of the MLAs who are supporting her have been touted to be detained forcibly. She conducted a press meet where she visible broke down repeatedly while saying she was asked by people to carry on Amma’s legacy.

The resort has been blocked to the public and the media but Sasikala has denied holding lawmakers hostage in an extreme measure to check defection. In a show of tearful address to the MLAs at the resort, Sasikala urged the legislators to help capture the secretariat for her. She also revealed the final words that Jayalalithaa spoke to her were, “No one can destroy our party,” before adding that she would “sacrifice her life” for the party.

In a way to keep the MLAs under her control, Sasikala said she had come to know of a conspiracy being hatched to divide the party after the death of the former chief minister of Tamil Nadu in December. “With the party having a cadre strength of 1.5 crore no ‘komban’ (person with great skills) can break the AIADMK,” she told the cheering crowd. A composed but worried Sasikala said that she and Jayalalithaa together had seen 1,000 such ‘Panneerselvams’ so she is not scared.” Speaking in front of a few supporters at the Poes Garden, and later at the Golden Bay resort, Sasikala was seen evoking memories of Amma’s political journey in order help to garner people’s sympathy towards her as the suffering loyalist. “The party cadres are with me,” she said, adding, “As long as the cadres are with me and with Amma’s blessings, an AIADMK government will be in place.

Sasikala’s supporters

Meanwhile, the BJP leader and Rajya Sabha member Subramanian Swamy on Monday said that Governor Rao should invite Sasikala to form the next government. Swamy also clarified that considering Sasikala has the majority, constitutionally she can form the government under the Constitution’s Article 191. Swamy was “certain” that a few Union Ministers were interfering with the political affairs of the state of Tamil Nadu while the AIADMK is busy infighting. Following his allegation, Swamy filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court seeking appointment of Sasikala as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu. He says that even Advocate Soli Sorabjee has agreed that the governor cannot delay Sasikala’s swearing-in indefinitely, though he also said governor can delay the decision. Swamy also said that a constitutional breakdown in Tamil Nadu has happened because of the governor’s delay in swearing in Sasikala.

Sorabjee stated that “the Governor is well within his rights to defer the swearing-in for a few days particularly when the (verdict in the) disproportionate assets case, involving Sasikala, is imminent”. On the other hand, Union minister Kiren Rijiju said that considering this political crisis is an internal matter of the state, the Centre cannot do much about it.

AIADMK MP R Parthiban representing Theni district called on Panneerselvam at his residence in Chennai on Sunday evening and offered his support, taking the total number of Parliamentarians in his favour to 11. Meanwhile, a Panneerselvam supporter MP V Maithreyan also met the governor on the same day.

Sasikala’s party spokesperson Vaigai Chelvan said O Panneerselvam had the support of just seven MLAs and therefore cannot prove his majority in the state Assembly in the event of a floor test.”The majority of the AIADMK MLAs are with Chinnamma (Sasikala) and we are ready to prove our strength (in a floor test),” he told reporters.

Meanwhile, there was a security breach at Kanimozhi’s house where masked men who entered the house for robbery. The man, who entered the house just after Kanimozhi left for a DMK party meeting with M K Stalin, was arrested.
This advice from the Attorney General is very close to what the CM Panneerselvam has requested the Governor to do to settle issue. However, Governor is not bound by anybody’s advice as he can decide the matter on his own on consultation with legal experts.

Now Panneerselvam’s resolution to continue to rule the state would be tabled for test by MLAs along with that of Sasikala’s demand for swearing in.
A special session of Assembly could be convened shortly to undertake the floor test to ascertain the support being enjoyed by both CM Panneerselvam and Sasikala, sources at Governor’s office said that soon a notification might be issued by the Governor in this regard.

Meanwhile, reliable sources said the judgment of Supreme Court in the disproportionate assets case would be declared tomorrow or day after. The judgment is being reserved even before Jayalalithaa died mainly because of the anxiety that there could be repercussions in the state leading to deaths by AIADMK party workers as it had happened earlier when Jayalalithaa was jailed in Bengaluru.

Amidst the growing suspense over the pending Supreme Court verdict on VK Sasikala’s involvement in the disproportionate assets case and Attorney General’s advice for a floor test, here are the key highlights on how the Tamil Nadu political crisis took shape on the seventh day.

Not only shrewd Sasikala but also her supporters in politics and media are deeply disturbed and highly disappointed by the turn of events that go against Sasikala and move in favor of OPS.
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Tamil Nadu turmoil: Setback for Sasikala: Attorney General asks governor to conduct floor test!

Tamil Nadu turmoil: Setback for Sasikala: Attorney General asks governor to conduct floor test!

-Dr. Abdul ruff Colachal

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Tamil Nadu is passing through a difficult phase in its political history. AIADMK’s interim general secretary Sasikala has been demanding the Governor to swear her in as she  has a clear majority of party MLAs in the assembly, while CM Panneerselvam has demanded to let him withdraw his resignation letter  because he did so on  coercion by Sasikala

In a dramatic turn of events in political crisis in Tamil Nadu, India, arising out of division in the ruling AIADMK following the death of its leader Jayalalithaa, the Attorney general of India has said the Governor needs to  go for a floor test to ascertain the support  of party MLAs by the CM Pannerselvam and his rival Sasikala.

This advice from the Attorney General is very close to what the CM Panneerselvam has requested the Governor to do to settle issue.

Now Panneerselvam’s resolution to continue to rule the state would be tabled for test by MLAs along with that of Sasikala’s demand for swearing in.

A special session of Assembly would be convened shortly to undertake the floor test to ascertain the support being enjoyed by both CM Panneerselvam and Sasikala, sources at Governor’s office said that soon a notification would be issued by the Governor in this regard

Meanwhile, reliable sources said the judgment of Supreme Court in the disproportionate assets case would be declared tomorrow or day after. The judgment is being reserved even before Jayalalithaa died mainly because of the anxiety that there could be repercussions in the state leading to deaths by AIADMK party workers as it had happened earlier when Jayalalithaa was jailed in Bengaluru. .

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India: Tamil Nadu assembly should be dissolved and fresh poll held to ascertain the popular support for Sasikala or Panneerselvam!

Dr. Abdul Ruff Colachal Blog

India: Tamil Nadu assembly should be dissolved and fresh poll held to ascertain the popular support for Sasikala or Panneerselvam!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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Sasikala’s theatrics to directly control both the ruling party and government has not produced the expected results for her; though she managed to take full control of the party, she could become CM as quickly as she wanted even though CM O. Panneer Selvam obliged his “Chinnamma” (little mother) by sending in his resignation to the governor. CM OPS since then quickly began asserting himself for the first time in his political career and revolted against her mischievous attempt to throw him out and replace him as CM. In order to show that she is just like Jaya could be ruthless with part people and people, making them prostrate at her feet. That would be crude fate of Tamils- someone without any sacrifice to the cause…

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India: Tamil Nadu political turmoil: Let CM Panneerselvam and rival Sasikala prove their popular support in fresh assembly poll

India: Tamil Nadu political turmoil: Let CM Panneerselvam and rival Sasikala prove their popular support in fresh assembly poll

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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Sasikala’s theatrics to directly control both the ruling AIADMK party and government has not produced the expected results for her; though she managed to take full control of the party, she could become CM as quickly as she wanted even though CM O. Panneer Selvam obliged his “Chinnamma” (little mother) by sending in his resignation to the governor. CM OPS since then quickly began asserting himself for the first time in his political career and revolted against her mischievous attempt to throw him out and replace him as CM. In order to show that she is just like Jaya could be ruthless with part people and people, making them prostrate at her feet. That would be crude fate of Tamils- someone without any sacrifice to the cause of people want to make them fools and salves. .

The AIADMK MLAs in Tamil Nadu, supposedly under the secret custody of Sasikala now, who is keen to takeover both the ruling party and government to make big profits in her business as well as of close allies have disgraced their mandate given to them by the people of Tamil Nadu as they cannot be trusted. “Mini mother” Sasikala is angry that Panneerselvam has stopped supporting her secret agenda for the state and so she wants Panneerselvam removed as CM.

How does Sasikala think she is popular Jayalalithaa or her equal? Generally Tamils do sympathize with her dirty efforts to fool the public and assume power in the state. Until Jayalalithaa’s death Sasikala was nowhere but she came occupy space near Jayalalithaa’s dead body as it was kept for public view and since then she has on hr way to power by using those MLAs and ministers whom Jayalalithaa did not promote as Acting CM.

Sasikala is keen to form the government and is pressurizing the Governor and central government to help her swearing in. Senior BJP leader seems to sympathize with Sasikala and has warned the governor that he would file a case against him in the court. Sasikala has also warned the Governor of “change of political course” if he continues to ignore her claim to enter the Madras Fort- the seat of state government.

Is Sasikala taking revenge on Jayalalithaa now that she is gone and cannot come back?

There cannot be second opinion that people of Tamil Nadu had given the AIADMK the mandate to rule the state solely because of their trust in and powerful campaign of former CM and AIADMK general secretary and not for Sasikala’s unilateral takeover of the party and her strenuous efforts to replace CM Panneerselvam as the head of the government.

Neither Sasikala nor Panneerselvam could claim heir to Jayalalithaa, though the latter has been proffered by the Jayalalithaa to run the government. But Sasikala and those ministers who were feeling insulted by Jayalalithaa for superseding their seniority in picking a junior Panneerselvam to head the head the government. Sasikala is exploiting the   hatred of CM Panneerselvam

While Panneerselvam was a part of Jayalalithaa’s government for many years and the Acting CM in the absence of Jayalalithaa who was sent to jail on her illegal wealth, Sasikala was not even considered fit for the purpose by her “close” friend Jayalalithaa who obviously had not rusted Sasikala and even had evicted from her Poes garden residence for years. Sasikala was taken back other house only when the disproportionate wealth in which both got involved became complicated and Jayalalithaa wanted to have common stand on the issue.

Sasikala tells the innocent Tamils that she would provide a Jayalalithaa government. Only to fool them and loot the state’s resources along with her secret allies that give her new ideas to see the AIADMK is split and gone from the state.

Sasikala calculates she can invoke Jayalalithaa and take the lead in AIADMK like Jayalalithaa had done after the death of her mentor MGR when she was sidelined by MGR’s close associates made his wife and actress VN Janaki the CM which later collapsed leading to a general poll which Jayalalithaa used to prove that she is the real AIADMK though the party lost and DMK made a strong come back.

Everything went well si Sasikala’s plan to become CM of Tamil Nadu after Jayalalithaa until OPS objected to her rising to power , fearing  his own end under her. It appears she was waiting for Jayalalithaa’s death to assume power by generating favorites in the party.

OPS ask if everyone who worked in Jayalalithaa’s house would become Amma.

Sasikala is scared of elections as people would teach her a valuable lesson for betraying Jayalalithaa by pulling down her protégé and chief minister OPS from power as her first action after becoming interim general secretary of the ruling party. .

Interestingly, Sasikala and those who oppose Panneerselvam and even Jayalalithaa are keen to take revenge on both OPS and Jayalalithaa who selectively promoted party leaders to power and ignored even Sasikala. Now Sasikala wants to form a government with her own dummies who worship her with complete loyalty and never utter a word against her.  Once in power, she would gradually drop Jayalalithaa and MGR and promote herself as the greatest Tamil Nadu.

Can a person claim chief ministerial berth just because she was working in Jayalalithaa’s house and kicked out of the house for wrong doings?

While the MLAs were elected to help the common people of Tamil nadu today they are enjoying the five star hotel life in Mahabalipuram where each room costs about Rs 10,000 per day. Everyday Sasikala is spending at least Rs 2 crores of rupees on the MLAs secret stared life comforts. Is Sasikala spending her money or from the AIADMK funds of carders?

Her elevation to be the AIADMK supremo is improper and so her occupation of Poes garden assets.

Clearly, Sasikala is trying to the obtain throne and wealth of Jayalalithaa without even being an elected MLA and without the tacit approval of Jayalalithaa. That is both illegal and immoral.

Sasikala’s resolution seems to be clear; either she should be the CM or AIADMK be split and disappear.  That is too selfish.

TN Governor would do better to get the state assembly dissolved and new elections held for the state to end the political impasse and help the state to return to normalcy.

Let people of Tamil Nadu decide the fate of CM candidate Sasikala and her business associates under the guise of MLAs, MPs, ministers, etc.  Sasikala’s short cut attempt to power could be exposed and opposed by the people.

The fresh poll in TN should be completed and results announced preferably before the presidential poll.

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India: Tamil Nadu assembly should be dissolved and fresh poll held to ascertain the popular support for Sasikala or Panneerselvam!

India: Tamil Nadu assembly should be dissolved and fresh poll held to ascertain the popular support for Sasikala or Panneerselvam!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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Sasikala’s theatrics to directly control both the ruling party and government has not produced the expected results for her; though she managed to take full control of the party, she could become CM as quickly as she wanted even though CM O. Panneer Selvam obliged his “Chinnamma” (little mother) by sending in his resignation to the governor. CM OPS since then quickly began asserting himself for the first time in his political career and revolted against her mischievous attempt to throw him out and replace him as CM. In order to show that she is just like Jaya could be ruthless with part people and people, making them prostrate at her feet. That would be crude fate of Tamils- someone without any sacrifice to the cause of people want to make them fools and salves. .

The AIADMK MLAs in Tamil Nadu, supposedly under the secret custody of Sasikala now, who is keen to takeover both the ruling party and government to make big profits in her business as well as of close allies have disgraced their mandate given to them by the people of Tamil Nadu as they cannot be trusted. “Mini mother” Sasikala is angry that Panneerselvam has stopped supporting her secret agenda for the state and so she wants Panneerselvam removed as CM.

How does Sasikala think she is popular Jayalalithaa or her equal? Generally Tamils do sympathize with her dirty efforts to fool the public and assume power in the state. Until Jayalalithaa’s death Sasikala was nowhere but she came occupy space near Jayalalithaa’s dead body as it was kept for public view and since then she has on hr way to power by using those MLAs and ministers whom Jayalalithaa did not promote as Acting CM.

Sasikala is keen to form the government and is pressurizing the Governor and central government to help her swearing in. Senior BJP leader seems to sympathize with Sasikala and has warned the governor that he would file a case against him in the court. Sasikala has also warned the Governor of “change of political course” if he continues to ignore her claim to enter the Madras Fort- the seat of state government.

Is Sasikala taking revenge on Jayalalithaa now that she is gone and cannot come back?

There cannot be second opinion that people of Tamil Nadu had given the AIADMK the mandate to rule the state solely because of their trust in and powerful campaign of former CM and AIADMK general secretary and not for Sasikala’s unilateral takeover of the party and her strenuous efforts to replace CM Panneerselvam as the head of the government.

Neither Sasikala nor Panneerselvam could claim heir to Jayalalithaa, though the latter has been proffered by the Jayalalithaa to run the government. But Sasikala and those ministers who were feeling insulted by Jayalalithaa for superseding their seniority in picking a junior Panneerselvam to head the head the government. Sasikala is exploiting the   hatred of CM Panneerselvam

While Panneerselvam was a part of Jayalalithaa’s government for many years and the Acting CM in the absence of Jayalalithaa who was sent to jail on her illegal wealth, Sasikala was not even considered fit for the purpose by her “close” friend Jayalalithaa who obviously had not rusted Sasikala and even had evicted from her Poes garden residence for years. Sasikala was taken back other house only when the disproportionate wealth in which both got involved became complicated and Jayalalithaa wanted to have common stand on the issue.

Sasikala tells the innocent Tamils that she would provide a Jayalalithaa government. Only to fool them and loot the state’s resources along with her secret allies that give her new ideas to see the AIADMK is split and gone from the state.

While the MLAs were elected to help the common people of Tamil nadu today they are enjoying the five star hotel life in Mahabalipuram where each room costs about Rs 10,000 per day. Everyday Sasikala is spending at least Rs 2 crores of rupees on the MLAs secret stared life comforts. Is Sasikala spending her money or from the AIADMK funds of carders?

Her elevation to be the AIADMK supremo is improper and so her occupation of Poes garden assets.

Clearly, Sasikala is trying to the obtain throne and wealth of Jayalalithaa without even being an elected MLA and without the tacit approval of Jayalalithaa. That is both illegal and immoral.

Sasikala’s resolution seems to be clear; either she should be the CM or AIADMK be split and disappear.  That is too selfish.She wants to show she cannot compromise but she refuses understand that she is not Jayalalithaa who could do that fearlessly. .

Both factions refuse to budge and make efforts to reunite in order to  not only ensure smooth functioning of the OPS government but also, more importantly,  amke the people  feel happy that they have done anything wrong by voting jayalalithaa’s party to power. .

TN Governor would do better to get the state assembly dissolved and new elections held for the state to end the political impasse and help the state to return to normalcy.

Let people of Tamil Nadu decide the fate of CM candidate Sasikala and her business associates under the guise of MLAs, MPs, ministers, etc.  Sasikala’s short cut attempt to power could be exposed and opposed by the people.

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India: Tamil Nadu assembly could be dissolved and fresh poll held to ascertain the popular support for Sasikala or Panneerselvam!

Tamil Nadu assembly could be dissolved and fresh poll held to ascertain the popular support for Sasikala or Panneerselvam!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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The AIADMK MLAs, supposedly now under the secret custody of Sasikala, who is keen to takeover both the ruling party and government to make big profits in her business as well as of close allies have disgraced their mandate given to them by the people of Tamil Nadu as they cannot be trusted. “Mini mother” Sasikala is angry that Panneerselvam has stopped supporting her secret agenda for the state and so she wants Panneerselvam removed as CM.

How does Sasikala think she is popular Jayalalithaa or her equal? Generally Tamils do sympathize with her dirty efforts to fool the public and assume power in the state. Until Jayalalithaa’s death Sasikala was nowhere but she came occupy space near Jayalalithaa’s dead body as it was kept for public view and since then she has on hr way to power by using those MLAs and ministers whom Jayalalithaa did not promote as Acting CM.

Sasikala is keen to form the government and is pressurizing the Governor and central government to help her swearing in. Senior BJP leader seems to sympathize with Sasikala and has warned the governor that he would file a case against him in the court. Sasikala has also warned the Governor of “change of political course” if he continues to ignore her claim to enter the Madras Fort- the seat of state government.

Is Sasikala taking revenge on Jayalalithaa now that she is gone and cannot come back?

There cannot be second opinion that people of Tamil Nadu had given the AIADMK the mandate to rule the state solely because of their trust in and powerful campaign of former CM and AIADMK general secretary and not for Sasikala’s unilateral takeover of the party and her strenuous efforts to replace CM Panneerselvam as the head of the government.

Neither Sasikala nor Panneerselvam could claim heir to Jayalalithaa, though the latter has been proffered by the Jayalalithaa to run the government. But Sasikala and those ministers who were feeling insulted by Jayalalithaa for superseding their seniority in picking a junior Panneerselvam to head the head the government. Sasikala is exploiting the   hatred of CM Panneerselvam

While Panneerselvam was a part of Jayalalithaa’s government for many years and the Acting CM in the absence of Jayalalithaa who was sent to jail on her illegal wealth, Sasikala was not even considered fit for the purpose by her “close” friend Jayalalithaa who obviously had not rusted Sasikala and even had evicted from her Poes garden residence for years. Sasikala was taken back other house only when the disproportionate wealth in which both got involved became complicated and Jayalalithaa wanted to have common stand on the issue.

Sasikala tells the innocent Tamils that she would provide a Jayalalithaa government. Only to fool them and loot the state’s resources along with her secret allies that give her new ideas to see the AIADMK is split and gone from the state.

While the MLAs were elected to help the common people of Tamil nadu today they are enjoying the five star hotel life in Mahabalipuram where each room costs about Rs 10,000 per day. Everyday Sasikala is spending at least Rs 2 crores of rupees on the MLAs secret stared life comforts. Is Sasikala spending her money or from the AIADMK funds of carders?

Her elevation to be the AIADMK supremo is improper and so her occupation of Poes garden assets.

Clearly, Sasikala is trying to the obtain throne and wealth of Jayalalithaa without even being an elected MLA and without the tacit approval of Jayalalithaa. That is both illegal and immoral.

Sasikala’s resolution seems to be clear; either she should be the CM or AIADMK be split and disappear.  That is too selfish.

TN Governor would do better to get the state assembly dissolved and new elections held for the state to end the political impasse and help the state to return to normalcy.

Let people of Tamil Nadu decide the fate of Sasikala and business associates under the guise of MLAs, MPs, ministers, etc.

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Tamil Nadu crisis Setback for Sasikala, ready to nominate an MLA as CM candidate; Education Minister Pandiarajan, 2 AIADMK MPs, top leaders extend support to CM Panneerselvam!

Tamil Nadu crisis Setback for Sasikala, ready to nominate an MLA as CM candidate; Education Minister Pandiarajan, 2 AIADMK MPs, top leaders extend support to CM Panneerselvam!

-Dr. Abdul Ruff

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Jayalalithaa’s friend Sasikala’s efforts to  become Tamil nadu CM soon after Jayalalithaa’s death  have not succeeded as the Governor refused to swear he rin  for certain  technical reasons, particularly  her  inappropriate wealth case in the Supreme Court  and her  insistence to assume power to deny Pannerselvam  continue to be the CM.  Supreme Court originally reserved the judgment for February 14 but reported said   it was advanced to  February 10 but  the Court did not reveal the judgment and it is now presumed that  the judgment could be delivered  on February 13, 14 o3 even 15.  However, uncertainty remains.

As more and more leaders join the camp of CM Panneerselvam, Sasikala naturally feels insecure and seems to have decided to nominate the most trusted MLA like say Sengottaiyan as her CM candidate in view of opposition in AIADMK to her own candidature.  She calculates if an elected MLA is put forward, the Governor would readily make that person the next CM that would end Panneerselvam’s chances to continue as CM. .

While media gives speculative news regularly, the people of Tamil Nadu have no information about what exactly is happening in the state. They are confused as to why Sasikala made Panneerselvam- the choice of Jayalalithaa-  resign the CM post and what is wrong if he is allowed to continue to serve the people as CM. His role in getting Jallikattu sport return to the state is appreciated by the people and youth. .

Governor takes time to evaluate the related but complicated issues concerning the swearing in as new turns of events overtake the earlier ones. Sasikala’s reported kidnapping of all her supporting MLAs to a far away resort has complicated the issue and strengthened  the view that she possibly has hidden agenda for the state. .

As the power struggle within the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (AIADMK) continues to plague the political ambiance in Tamil Nadu, Education Minister Ma Foi Pandiarajan on Saturday joined Chief Minister O Panneerselvam’s camp, strengthening his claim that many MLAs and PMs would join him in due course.

Interestingly, Pandiarajan was one of the few ministers who had accompanied Sasikala to meet Governor. “Will surely listen to the collective voice of my voters and decide in a way to uphold the dignity of Amma’s memory & unity of AIADMK!,” he wrote on Twitter on Saturday. Meanwhile, two MPs have also extended support to OPS. Ashok Kumar from Krishnagiri and PR Sundaram from Namakkal have extended support to the caretaker chief minister..More leaders are expected join Panneerselvam camp.

Governor Vidyasagar Rao is still undecided on the issue as the feud in the ruling AIADMK escalated with VK Sasikala sacking party presidium chairman E Madhusudhnan who wrote to the Election Commission asking it to not recognize her as general secretary of the party. Seeking to put in place a stable government, the governor is said to be still evaluating legal opinion on Sasikala’s claim to having an overwhelming support of party MLAs while the judgment of Supreme Court on disproportionate assets case against her is imminent next week.

Sending a strong message to her detractors, Sasikala sacked Madhusudhnan from the primary membership of the party, a day after he switched over to the rebel camp led by Panneerselvam, and appointed former minister KA Sengottaiyan in his place.

On his part, Panneerselvam asserted that his camp would not allow the party to go into hands of ‘a family’ and that the “dream of those to capture power” will end as a “day dream”.

Meanwhile, Sasikala received a sigh of relief as Rao has clarified that he had not sent any report to the Home Ministry, which allegedly cited she was not qualified to stake the claim of being the Chief Minister of the state. The office of the governor issued a press release that said, “Thiru Ch. Vidyasagar Rao, the Governor of Tamil Nadu, has not sent any report either to the Ministry of Home Affairs or to the President of India, as reported in some of the media.”

 

Peace has a limit, Sasikala warns  Governor as support for CM Panneerselvam rises

As pressure builds, Sasikala wrote to Vidyasagar Rao requesting immediate decision to invite her to form the government.

As news of defections — most notably that of Tamil Nadu education minister K Pandiarajan — begins to trickle in, the pressure appears to be well and truly on the VK Sasikala camp.

On Saturday — the fifth day of the AIADMK crisis, Sasikala wrote to Governor Vidyasagar Rao requesting that he show consideration for the welfare of Tamil Nadu and take an immediate decision. She also requested that Rao make some time for her to meet with him and her MLAs as soon as possible.

Her letter also highlighted the fact that the Constitution, democracy and sovereignty has to be protected.

It may be recalled that the caretaker chief minister O Panneerselvam had offered his resignation to Rao on 5 February and the governor accepted it. But barely two days later, Panneerselvam did a complete volte face, leading to the situation in which Tamil Nadu presently finds itself.

The suspense of the Tamil Nadu AIADMK drama has been on the rise for a few days as both Sasikala’s and incumbent Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam’s camps remained tight-lipped about their respective closed-door meetings with Rao.

 

Chief Minister Panneerselvam launched a signature campaign on Saturday for converting late Jayalalithaa’s Poes Garden residence in Chennai into a memorial. Veda Nilayam, where AIADMK General Secretary VK Sasikala now continues to stay post Jayalalithaa’s death, is a sprawling property located at the posh Poes Garden off Cathedral Road. Though Jayalalithaa’s mother had lived there briefly, it was largely occupied by Jayalalithaa. Aiming to garner public support on the matter, the Chief Minister, flanked by some AIADMK MPs and former Ministers made the first signature to this effect at his Greenways Road residence. Selvam also appealed to people to carry forward the signature campaign and endorse it in large numbers to realize the dream of converting the landmark ‘Veda Nilayam’ Poes Garden residence into a public memorial. Veda is the name of Jayalalithaa’s mother, who was known as Sandhya in the Tamil film world. Hundreds of people had converged on the Poes Garden residence soon after Jayalalithaa’s death in December, wanting to take a glimpse of the house.

 

Many MLAs feel only an elected member could be the General Secretary of AIADMK and Jayalalithaa chose Panneerselvam to be the CM.

All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazagham (AIADMK) General Secretary VK Sasikala on Saturday met her MLAs at the Golden Bay resort in Kuvathur where they have been corralled into, in order to prevent any horse trading ahead of a probable floor test to prove majority. She wants to take back the MLAs to Raj Bhavan, as proof of her support within the party but she  has not done so far perhaps because she is doubtful of actual strength she has in the assembly,  and the governor has not shown any interest. On 11 Feb Sasikala wrote a letter to Tamil Nadu Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao seeking his appointment to prove majority. “I believe Your Excellency will “act immediately to save” the sovereignty of the Constitution and democracy and the interest of the state,” she wrote. In the letter, Sasikala recalled that she had met him on February 9 along with her senior ministers, consequent to her seeking an appointment with him to hand over the letter of party MLAs electing her as their leader.

Chief Minister O Panneerselvam got a shot in the arm when two Lok Sabha AIADMK MPs – P R Sundaram and K Ashok as well as senior AIADMK leader C. Ponnaiyan – joined his camp.

On the other hand, Sasikala heaved a sigh of relief after Rao clarified that he hasn’t sent any report to the Home Ministry, which allegedly cited she was not qualified to stake the claim of being the Chief Minister of the state.

 

 

India: Power struggle in Tamil Nadu: AIADMK CM Panneerselvam, rival Sasikala fight to control ruling AIADMK party and Tamil Nadu!

 

India: Power struggle in Tamil Nadu: AIADMK CM Panneerselvam, rival Sasikala fight to control ruling AIADMK party and Tamil Nadu!

–Dr. Abdul Ruff

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The ruling AIADMK crisis of Tamil Nadu is sending out conflicting signals in India as Tamil Nadu is being deprived of governance for months while intense power struggle is rocking the ruling AIADMK party and the government of Panneerselvam, following revolt by him against Sasikala, a close friend of former CM Jayalalithaa and who by using Panneerselvam, among other important leaders, has taken over the party is seeking to become the CM of the state as quickly as possible. Sasikala has occupied Jayalalithaa’s Poes garden bungalow and her costly cars among other important assets and it appears she suddenly entered the party politics soon after the demise of Jayalalithaa only to acquire all assets of Jayalalithaa and control the party and government, obviously looting the state resources at will.

Photographs released by Sasikala’s office show her standing in front of Jayalalithaa’s burial site with a list of MLAs maybe her ministerial team members as well who supposedly support her candidacy for CM post. Obviously Sasikala has big secret agenda and even Jayalalithaa’s death looks like a conspiracy to elevate Chinnamma (little mother) Sasikala to the level of Jayalalithaa.

Both CM Panneerselvam and dreaming Sasikala met the governor Vidyasagar Rao  on February 06  but the latter has not  revealed anything to both while he sent a detailed report to  the President, the Modi government and Home Minister in New Delhi about the  recent developments in the state and  maybe suggesting  a course of action by them to resolve the political crisis arousing out of Sasikala’s strenuous efforts to assume power by removing 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 various ankles.

 

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 publicly.

 

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 minutes.

 

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.

 

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 party cadre.”

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.”

 

Panneerselvam said, “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 in it.

 

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 Chief Minister.
  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 government.
  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.
  10. Denying the 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.

 

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