TAMILAMMA TO PANNEERAMMA!

SASIKALA FEELS THE ‘PAIN’ JANAKI RAMCHANDRAN HAD FELT SOME 30 YEARS AGO.

THE DRAMA BEGAN IN DECEMBER 1997 AND ENDED IN FEBRUARY 1989 WITH JAYALALITHAA ESTABLISHING HER WRIT.

THEN THE RIVAL FACTIONS WERE INSIDER VS OUTSIDER.

THIS TIME, IT IS OUTSIDER VS OUTSIDER.

LIKE THE LAST TIME, IT IS A DECEMBER AGAIN FOR THE AIADMK. MGR HAD DIED ON DECEMBER 24, 1987. JAYALALITHAA DIED ON DECEMBER 5, 2016. THEY BOTH WORKED LIKE AUTOCRATS IN THE AIADMK. SO A SUCCESSION CHAOS IS NATURAL.

BUT UNLIKE THE LAST TIME, IT IS NOT GOING TO TAKE THAT LONG.

SASIKALA HAS BEEN BOOTED OUT. DINAKARAN HAS BEEN THROWN OUT. THE MANNARGUDI CLAN, IT SEEMS, IS DONE AND DUSTED.

BACK THEN, IN LATE 80S, AN OUTSIDER WON THE WAR. THERE WAS NO INSIDER THIS TIME.

BUT SASIKALA CLAIMED TO BE JAYALALITHAA’S EXTENDED FAMILY. LIVED WITH HER IN HER HOUSE FOR DECADES. HER FAMILY CONTINUES TO OCCUPY THE POES GARDEN RESIDENCE EVEN AFTER JAYALALITHAA’S DEATH.

GOING BY THOSE CLAIMS, EVEN IF DISPUTED, AN OUTSIDER AGAIN HAS WON THE SUCCESSION WAR IN THE AIADMK.

UNLIKE JAYALALITHAA, PANNEERSELVAM MAY OR MAY NOT BECOME CHIEF MINISTER.

BUT HE HAS CLEARY WON THIS ROUND OF BATTLE, THE FIRST STEP IN CLAIMING THE LEGACY OF JAYALALITHAA, WHO, IN TURN, HAD SUCCESSFULLY CLAIMED THE MGR LEGACY.

SO FOR THE MOMENT, IT’S FROM TAMILAMMA TO PANNEERAMMA!

TAMILAMMA TO PANNEERAMMA!

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