Panneerselvam seems to have completely lost the cause. By apparently playing puppet of DMK and others, the caretaker chief minister has completely failed to gauge the mood among his fellow AIADM colleagues. He might have been told that the MLAs from Sasikala camp will come in droves to his home once Sasi was out of sight. But it never materialized.
It didn’t happen even when Sasikala Natarajan was sent to prison in Bangalore by the Supreme Court. The court not just sent her to the prison, it elated Panneerselvam and his few friends who thought that all the AIADMK legislators will come rushing to his camp. But as Sasikala is already in Bangalore jail nothing of sort happened.
Now there are apprehensions among his a few supporters as to whether he can accomplish anything or not. Sasikala is a smart lady who has ensured that she remains in total control despite being behind high prison walls in Bangalore.
A report in the Hindu, while talking about the development says, “…what might be an impediment is the fact that AIADMK’s interim general secretary V.K. Sasikala’s influence seems to hold sway over her party cadre and MLAs who had initially pledged support for her, even after she has been lodged in the prison at Bengaluru. After getting Highways Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami elected as the legislature party leader, she moved swiftly and nominated her nephew T.T.V. Dinakaran as the deputy general secretary of the AIADMK”.
Now Panneerselvam future in Tamil Nadu politics looks rather bleak. While doing other people’s bidding, he forgot that he was a puppet king and not the real king with influence on masses. The new chief minister in waiting, Edappadi K. Palaniswami, is currently the Minister for Public Works, State Highways and Minor Ports. He has been an old Jayalalithaa soldier and was staunch loyalist of Jayalalithaa since the time she entered active politics in the 1980s. The former farmer, who happily cultivated his lands till a few decade ago, to his status as a CM in waiting has been a rather long journey. Hailing from the rural Nedungulam village in Edappadi taluk, 62-year-old Mr. Palaniswami joined AIADMK in the 1980s. He threw his weight behind Jayalalithaa when the party suffered a split after the demise of founder M.G. Ramachandran in 1987. He hails from Kongu Vellala Gounder community — a dominant community of the western region of the State. He was never dropped by Jayalalithaa and whenever she became chief minister he was into the cabinet.