The Sunday meeting of AIADMK party in Chennai was not unexpected as the rumour was there much before Amma Jayalalithaa was declared dead in the hospital officially on December 6, 2016.
When O. Pannerselavam was made Deputy Chief Minister in November and Chief Minister in December after the death of J.Jayalalithaa, several questions were raised over the possibility of his continuation as Sasikala’s group was exerting pressure on the Centre to appoint V.K. Sasikala as the chief minister owing to her proximity to the departed leader.
Much before the commotion settled down in Chennai, Jallikattu has triggered the next momentum that has put Panneerselvam in limelight as he rushed to Delhi and persuaded the Centre to issue an ordnance and brought the situation under control. But sensing his new stature, Sasikala moved swiftly and got her name proposed by the same person and announced her self-appointment amid applaude.
But PH Pandian, a party veteran has come out finally from the fear to state that there was a conspiracy in Jayalalithaa’s death. He hinted that she was pushed in a family fight and rushed to hospital after that. He demanded an enquiry into what led Jayalalithaa to be rushed to Apollo Hospital than how she died in the hospital.
The Centre is in a fix now as not supporting Sasikala may cost them President’s post next time and some hallenges in the Rajya Sabha over government Bills as she holds the whip over party MPs in parliament and not Panneerselvam.
Though Sasikala told the legislature party in praise of Pannerselvam, it is not without reason. “Whenever the party faced tough times and whenever there were difficulties in Amma becoming the chief minister, it was our dear brother Panneerselvam who has been loyal. It was Panneerselvam who had first persuaded me to become the Chief Minister and General Secretary as well when Jayalalithaa passed away,” Sasikala said in her acceptance speech.
So, despite opponents and disappointments within and outside the party, Chinnamma as the elected leader of the AIADMK legislature party can become the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, unless the Supreme Court gives its verdict to jail her again in the disproportionate case. Otherwise, no party constitution nor its inner spirit would come her way as the Indian Constitution is accepted in courts of law and not the AIADMK party constitution.
While many Tamil Nadu people wanted Panneerselvam to continue, it was the party that decides and it is in Sasikala hands now.