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Sanitisation process in Tamil Nadu’s epileptic politics is welcome but still open to question
Politics is inherently theatrical in Tamil Nadu, so it is not surprising that the next act of the drama has inevitably unfolded in the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) with two warring factions getting together to axe jailed Sasikala’s presence in the party set-up and also ousting her nephew TTV Dinakaran as deputy general secretary in the process. From declaring herself as the political successor to J Jayalalithaa after the AIADMK’s sole leader’s demise in December last year, to being thrown into jail on corruption charges, to now being removed as the party’s ‘interim’ general secretary, life has indeed been churning as usual — not just for Chinnamma but also for the continuously convulsing party at the helm of Tamil Nadu. It looks like the first solid step in the right direction taken by the rival factions led by EPS and OPS (Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister) in sinking their differences and teaming up to announce Sasikala’s ouster through a joint co-ordination committee. But this being Tamil Nadu, there’s another drama being scripted, with Chinnamma’s deputy TTV flaunting a 21-MLA support muscle, waiting to drag the party to court and/or threatening to derail the Government which he feels has been so “untrue to Chinnamma”.
The Opposition Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam is relishing the epileptic politics gripping the AIADMK and hoping that Chief Minister EPS will fail to muster the three extra MLAs he needs to pass the simple floor test that might be needed in near future for the AIADMK to continue in office. He has 117 right now and by the way situations pan out in the volatile Tamil Nadu arena, three more would not be too difficult a prospect to pluck either from TTV or other sources. The Union Government is an ally and would want the dispensation to continue without the need for a mid-term poll. As the ruling party has hurtled from hiccup to hiccup since its leader’s untimely death last December, governance and administration have continually suffered. The current decision taken by the Chief Minister and his deputy will plug some gaps and restore a semblance of work, much to the relief of the public in general and legislators in particular. For one, all party decisions and appointments made hurriedly by Sasikala, to keep her position safe in the party just before she was packed off to the Bengaluru jail, have been rightly nullified. Her viceroy Dinakaran has lost not just his post but also the primary membership of the party, much as Jayalalithaa would have wanted. Amma’s presence, meanwhile, has been elevated to an immortal but titular position of Niranthara Pothu-Cheyalaalar or permanent general secretary. Perhaps, now the steering committee will finally steer clear of energy sopping survival campaigns and sit down in the seat of power to render its primary duty of governance.
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