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Who is Sasikala's Replacement, Edappadi K Palaniswami?

New AIADMK Chief Expels Panneerselvam Crisis Remains In Tamil Nadu Who is Sasikala's Replacement, Edappadi K Palaniswami?
Lance Thomas | 14 February, 2017, 13:52

Chennai: The Supreme Court on Tuesday convicted AIADMK general secretary V.K. Sasikala in connection with a 19-year old disproportionate assets case.

Sasikala, a former video cassette saleswoman who initially impressed Jayalalithaa by making a campaign video, emerged from the background as a low-profile adviser to mount a successful bid within AIADMK to take over from interim leader O Panneerselvam. Chief Minister O Panneerselvam was expelled from the party's primary membership by Sasikala. The fact that Sasi, a housekeeper to Jaya, could aspire to Chief Minister by using her ill-gotten wealth, shows what lows public life has sunk to.

Jayalalithaa, Sasikala and her relatives VN Sudhakaran and Elavarasi, were accused of allegedly amassing disproportionate asserts to the tune of Rs 66.65 crore during her first term as chief minister from 1991 to 1996.

When Ms Jayalalithaa was alive, she ruled her party with an iron fist with not a murmur of rebellion.

"We have the majority and I'm sure the governor will call on us to form the government", said Lok Sabha deputy Speaker M. Thambidurai, who is supporting Sasikala.

"Jayalalithaa was heading a corruption-free government in her initial days but friendship (with Sasikala) got her involved in corrupt practices, the result of which was this conviction", partys state unit president Tamilisai Soundararajan told reporters at the airport here. Now, staring in her face was years of hardship in a jail; that too in a state where people and the administration would not be kind to her. She must surrender to the Chennai police and will be barred from contesting elections for the next 10 years.

She also spoke at length about how she had stood by Ms. Jayalalithaa in all her times of crises, right from the time of the late Chief Minister and AIADMK founder M. G. Ramachandran's death. She is doing the same now also. Over the past week, it had become increasingly clear that the people of the state didn't want her as their leader.

On December 4, 2001, a single judge of the Madras high court acquitted both of them, along with other officials, and it was upheld by the Supreme Court on November 24, 2003 saying the duo must return the property to the state-owned TANSI Corporation and answer their conscience.

The Indian media keeps commenting about Trump and the USA courts, which, in any case, get saturation-coverage from the American media.

Stay tuned for more updates on Supreme Court judgement on Sasikala's case.

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