Sasikala: The Vessel of Sins OverflowsThe vessel of sins overflows one day (although the English translation of paap ka ghada ek din bharta hi hai is sounding absurd). Sasikala (and Jayalalitha) both stand indicted in the disproportionate assets case after the Supreme Court judgment. Although Jaya is no more, Sasikalas ambition of being Tamil Nadu chief minister as Jayas heir apparent lies shattered. She cannot be a legislator, hence she cannot occupy the coveted chair. Sasikala spent a fortune (although peanuts for a lady of her means), over Rs 1 crore at a conservative estimate, in trying to keep the flock together at a fancy resort near Chennai but got mocked when the judgment was out.
By Sunil Garodia
Not to be outdone, she has suspended O Panneerselvam and 17 others from the primary membership of the AIADMK party and has got a puppet, E K Palaniswami elected as the new leader of the legislative party. The rebels have in turn questioned Sasikalas authority to expel them from the party. Going by the crowds turning up at Pannerselvams residence after the court verdict, it is not going to be easy for the Sasikala group to usurp power. AIADMK is either going to go Panneerselvams way or is going to split. Maybe it will split even if Panneerselvam gets majority support. For, Sasikala had, in her bid to assume Jayas mantle, made many enemies including in Jayas family. With her out of the way, small coteries are going to emerge. Even the opposition parties will have a field day. But in the end, the one leader who can promise the maximum rewards to these coteries to align them with him is going to take the chair.
Tamil Nadu is going to witness a free for all in the coming months. It is also not certain that anyone who wins now will be able to form a stable government. For, minus Jaya and Sasikala, the pulls and pressures will magnify in the AIADMK. Many leaders sport king-sized egos which they had kept hidden because of Jaya. They were willing to accept Sasikala as the neutral candidate and she had learnt enough from Jaya to play them against each other for her own benefit. But now these egos are going to clash fiercely to prevent anyone from ruling with any degree of authority. Pannerselvam or Palaniswami doesnt matter. What matters is the person who can manage to keep a leash on these small leaders and wins their confidence.
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