Yesterday ( February 5th, 2017) will go down in the annals of Tamilnadu’s Political history. A lady with absolutely no experience of even competing in any election was unanimously handed over the reins of ruling a state.
It has been decided in the Ruling Party’s MLA meeting that she would be the next Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, whose incumbent passed away in December last year. While this has sent waves of disgust and indignance through the state, it was not sudden. Nor was it something that was accomplished through stealth mode.
Sasikala Natarajan, now popularly known as “Chinnamma”, was Jayalalithaa’s close aide for over thirty years. She used to run a CD shop when she got an introduction with Selvi Jayalalithaa years ago. Since then there has been no turning back for her, till may be recently. She and her family members, who were popularly known as the “Mannargudi Mafia”, were expelled from the Poes Garden residence of Jayalalithaa since it was said that the latter was not happy with the former’s actions.
Later on, though it is said that they reconciled and then all was back to square one, it was evident to the public that the CM was keeping a safe distance from her friend, at least to the public’s view. It is safe to say that Sasikala has always been in the shadow of Jayalalithaa.
Let the bygones be bygones. Now that the expected thing is underway, let us pray that Tamilnadu does not slide down in the path of tyranny and chaos. For a group known for its illegal land amassing techniques and other activities, it is expected that the law and order is about to go on a downward spiral. Also, a caste based dominance is anticipated in the southern territories of the state.
Also, she has about a dozen of corruption cases against her, pending in various courts of law, which could potentially hamper her scamper to the top post or rather make her life a living hell. This could be a kill joy for her ambitions.
The public opinion seems strongly against her, with the meme creators working on 24 hour shift since the announcement was made officially. Within minutes #RIPTN and #TNSaysNoToSasikala began trending on Twitter. There could even be a mass uprising by the people, just like the Jallikkattu issue, but honestly speaking that would set a wrong precedent. The only thing what the people of Tamil Nadu can do right now is to have an excellent memory and not elect her whenever the election happens. But as they say, peoples memory is short and there is a high chance that she would be elected to the Assembly in the forthcoming elections.
This opportunity could be the best point for the opposition to snatch away the victory which eluded them in the previous elections by a meagre margin. This could even be used by the erstwhile parties with a minor vote share to stomp their dominance and slowly work their way up.
She could be an able administrator, who could even be a worthy replacement for some pretty large shoes out there. All of this is remaining to be seen. But, as of now, her first test is to get herself elected to the legislative assembly of the state and be legally eligible to be the Chief Minister.