In the land of dreams and dream merchants where life-size cut-outs of film stars rival political posters, Tamil Nadu is witnessing all the shades of an Indian potboiler as the tussle between AIADMK general secretary VK Sasikala and chief minister O Paneerselvam intensifies.
The battle for who will don the mantle as the state’s chief minister and emerge as the true legatee of J Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK is unfolding in the manner of a cinematic saga. As the famous Bollywood refrain goes, “Is kahani mein drama hai, emotion hai, tragedy hai…(this story has drama, emotion, tragedy…)”. Not just that, it also has a healthy sprinkling of elation, devotion, suspense, mystery and conspiracy.
If tension is your fix, sample this. For the past few days, a group of MLAs believed to be loyal to Sasikala have been holed up in a luxury resort near Chennai.
Twists in the tale: Sasikala camp stunned after DA case verdict by the Supreme Court that convicted the AIADMK general secretary. Then in a last-ditch attempt to thwart CM Panneerselvam, Sasikala expelled him from the party and appointed state minister Edappadi Palaniswami appointed the general secretary.
Emotions: Panneerselvam camp celebrates after Sasikala’s conviction while supporters of the AIADMK leader stunned.
Family values: Panneerselvam goes to memorial later in the day, Deepa joins in and expresses support to the acting CM.