Leadership dilemma in Tamil Nadu

By : Karan Arora

J Jayalalitha, the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu state, has died in a Chennai hospital, nearly three months after she was admitted there. She was 68 Jayalalithaloyalist O Panneerselvam who was earlier selected as party leader sworn in as new CM of Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam on Tuesday night said he was forced to resign from the post and said a person who can keep the good name of Amma should be chosen (as CM).

Addressing reporters outside MGR Memorial, where former chief minister J Jayalalithaa was buried, Paneerselvam, who submitted his resignation after AIADMK general secretary V K Sasikala was elected as legislature party leader, said he would withdraw his resignation if people, party men and MLAs wanted it.

 

Reasons for resignation of O Panneerselvam

As majority of the MLA’s were on sasikala’s side. so O Panneerselvam had to resign .O Panneerselvam and SashikalaNataranjanparty deepens and party MLA’s are made to choose sides between the two. In order to keep her loyal members together, Sasikala takes 130 MLA’s in 3 buses the MLA’s have been taken to a 5 star hotel near the airport in Chennai until governer arrives in the city.

Cases faced by Sasikala

With the ruling AIADMK facing a split, the political situation in Tamil Nadu is struck in a quagmire . Both the fractions of the AIADMK have presented their case before Governor VidyasagarRao, who is reportedly waiting for the Supreme Court’s Verdict on the Disproportionate Assets in which AIADMK general secretary Sasikala is a co-accused . Here we look at the various legal cases Ms. Sasikala faces:

  1. Disproportionate Assets Case – Sasikala was acquitted by the Karnataka High Court on May 11,2015 in the disproportionate assets case along with the late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, J.Elavarasi and V.N. Sushakaran.
  2. Foreign Exchange Regulation Act(FERA) Case – Ms. Sasikala suffered a legal setback just last week when the Madras High Court refused to discharge her from three cases filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED)in 1995 and 1996 on charges of violating the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) of 1973.
  3. Illegal Foreign Exchange Act Case – Ms. Sasikala will also have to face trial in a case related to acquiring illegal foreign exchange through an acquaintance in Malaysia and using the money to purchase the Kodanad Tea Estate in the Nilgiris ,along with her sister-in-law J.Elavarasi.

The scene of political drama in Tamil Nadu has shifted to the Raj Bhavan and all eyes are on what action the governor takes. Meanwhile, several MLA’s have switched over to the OPS camp in the last few days.

Four LokSabha MP’s- JaisinghThiyagarajNatterjee(Tuticorin),Senguttuvan (Vellore),R P Marutharaja (Perambaluar) and S Rajendran(Villupuram) met Panneerselvam at his Greenways residence and extended support to him. OPS has chosen the fair path by not offering bribe or other means to make his side strong whereas Sasikala choose wrong means by taking MLA’s to luxurious hotels.

The supreme court will delicver its verdict in 21yr old corruption case involving AIADMK leader Sasikala on 14 feb a judgment which could potebtially impact her chances of becoming the chief minister of the state

 

No matter whether its is O Panneerselvam or VK Sasikala who ultimately emerges victorious in Tamil Nadu, a huge debt pile, a drought –hit economy and millions of people in the southern state who are so used to enjoying decades of populistpolicies,await the new incumbent. Winning the Chief Minister’s role ,thus, will be only the beginning of a long, tough battle for either OPS or Chinnamma._3f4374ac-edcc-11e6-90af-e8d3e91f500c

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