Tamil Nadu turns politically turtle and purple!

Tamil Nadu is clearly in the middle of political crossroads buffeted by confusing cross-currents as the state edges closer to the by election to RK Nagar located north of southern metropolis Chennai. It had been represented by the late Jayalalithaa.

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A familiar voice was reciting the famous poem by WH Davies.

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.
No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.
No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this is if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare. 

It was the political fixer MG seated facing the entrance of the Press Club in New Delhi. As usual, he was nursing a drink. His animated recital of the verse seemingly addressing a man dressed in homespun white – obviously a political type intrigued me.

The cocktail in MG’s hand had a strange hue – indigo – or simply purple.

“We are obviously not as good as you are in English, Mr. MG. Further, you never say anything without a political significance. Kindly elaborate,” the man seated next to him said in a treacly voice.

“Life is so full of care. Its odd absence in a hospital – during the autumn weeks of the only celebrity political heavyweight of the south – now sadly no more – Jayalalithaa rankles even more. The political developments are taking place so fast that we neither have the time to stand nor to stare at the forthcoming by elections in Chennai’s little known, dust blown assembly constituency – RK Nagar. On April 12, the day votes will be cast in the polling booths, the death knells will begin tolling for Dravidian brand of politics. The AIADMK – the political outfit founded by the late MGR will be dead as a dodo from that day onwards. But, the pace of political events is so fast that one will hardly have the time to even notice by standing and staring at it,” Minimum Guarantee said.

“It is a preposterous thing to say,” I butted in and plonked my backside on a chair, positioned adjacent to the duo. “Jaya has left behind a vibrant political body and it is bound to give the opposition in Tamil Nadu – the heebie-jeebies on April 12,” I reacted.

“The problem with you stupid journalists is that you expect people to believe that you are giving equal coverage in a fair manner to all shysters in the political spectrum. Everyone knows the obvious thing called paid news that peddled under the camouflaged as objectivity.  The only remnants of Jayalalithaa’s life comprise an interred body in a grave at the Chennai seafront, a bawdy busybodies’ bawling business of the shady kind an already forgotten legacy and footnote as a posthumously convicted criminal. Her so-called successors are fighting like Kilkenny cats – all working towards the singular purpose of destroying the other competitors from the same stable. In turn it could help the MK Stalin-led opposition romp home despite the DMK fielding a political lightweight. One even wonders whether the TN regime itself will last that long as the whole house of cards can collapse with the lightest of breezes blowing from the general direction of the MGR-Jaya graves sitting next to each other virtually cheek by jowl. Some joker may meditate, mediate and then levitate to any chosen cozy corner to corner as much dough as possible. And then, it will simply be a matter for the coroner called the Chief Electoral Officer stationed in Chennai,” the fixer observed.

“My knowledge about the south is next to zilch, so kindly elaborate,” the Guru’s new admirer chimed in.

I rolled up my eyes in despair and looked around me in sheer frustration. North Indians very well know how the land lies yet want to hear more lies – to make up their silly minds.

Thanks to the sweltering heat in national capital region [NCR], the small air-conditioned smokers’ room was overcrowded. Four journalists were playing a game of carrom, two were engaged in a game of chess and six others were eyeing the small screen of the television set in a corner.

The ‘fixer’ is a spitting image of the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s flunkey, Makhan Lal Fotedar.

The political lobbyist is known as MG which is an acronym of Maha Guru and/or Minimum Guarantee.

“The longer form of MG changes depending on the time, occasion, location and significance of each of my operations,” the man loves to tell those foolish enough to listen.

“One thing is always certain. MG does not stand for Mahatma Gandhi because I love my liquor and flaunt my cocktails,” is a constant line muttered occasionally during his con—corny-conversations.

Often, found citing own aphorisms terming and them as the Holy Minds’ Voices, he is also referred to with the sobriquet – HMV.

MG smiled indulgently at his new disciple and began speaking.

“Allow me to quote WH Davies verbatim here.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.
No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

Like cattle being herded to abattoirs, the stupid Tamils allow themselves to be bamboozled during elections by accepting cheap booze and cheaper wads of cash so that the state’s politicians can loot them in broad daylight. Else, why at all would Tamils have elected the Dravidian parties with a grim regularity since 1967 – in the full knowledge that the outfits have as much political policy as there is hair on the bald pate of veteran BJP politician LK Advani? Talking of nuts hidden in the grass, ask yourself the simple question – as to why would 122 MLAs even heed Sasikala Natarajan – currently in a Bangalore prison when she will soon be a political nonentity as her election as the General Secretary of the AIADMK is doomed to be set aside? The obvious answer: every political player suspects – Jayalalithaa’s alleged stashed wealth abroad – believed to be a little more than Rs.3 lakh crores being handled as per the whim and fancy of Sasikala. Reportedly, so far a sum said to be around Rs.1600 crores has already changed hands for the upkeep of legislators’ so-called rest cure in Golden Bay resort outside Chennai and its aftermath. The grapevine has it that the deposed CM O Panneerselvam had been promised 10% of that stash by Sasikala to propose her as the GS and CM candidate. Neither the money nor his eternal number 2 post in the cabinet materialised – and so he sat at Jaya’s grave first to meditate, took a walk and began to … er… ‘talk’. The 64 million dollar question is how Sasikala will actually transfer monies believed to be stashed in numbered accounts abroad to the legislators whose supports she needs to stay politically and also physically alive. The first major transfer of hard currency in electronic form from someplace to someplace will be known and then the entire booty will be lost forever, as the BJP types are not going let go of that kind of loot so easily. The female squirrel Sasikala has hidden her nuts and those look for them are going nuts, so far. But this Punch and Judy show will not be allowed to go on interminably. When the curtains fall, it will be the end in every sense of the term for all those whose political fortunes are tied on the side of Sasikala or are on the sides of those arrayed against her,” the fixer pointed out.

MG’s predictions are of the Nostradamus variety. They are puzzling and can be indicated as prophesies of any eventuality.

Thanks to his somewhat archaic language, he also is derisively called Long Playing Old Record [LPOR], cassette tape [CT] video-cassette-disc [VCD]. His actions have earned him other epithets. Some of them are political predicament predictor [PPP1], fixer-of the deadly instigation [FDI2], Doddering Lying Factotum [DLF3] and first-class rascally abomination [FCRA4].

“I understood so far, but what will happen to all that money,” the north Indian political greenhorn asked.

“You really need to understand the lines of Davies.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.
No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

Anything can happen to Sasikala before she sees broad daylight after her release some 4 years hence. She may be dreaming of a high-sky life in the starry heights, but the glances of entities like the Enforcement Directorate and the CBI cannot be termed as ‘beauties’ by any stretch of imagination. Jayalalithaa was a good dancer. The rumour is that her feet were amputated. Doctors at the Apollo hospice have denied it, but their stories – notice the plural – have more holes than Swiss cheese. When someone takes it upon himself or herself to watch the feet – as to whether they are missing or are not – the shit will hit the fan … even if the feet haven’t been amputated. The exhumed body will give the time of death under forensic examination. That exactly is the thing Apollo, Sasikala, a host of doctors, several central government entities and that British embalming specialist Dr Beale are trying to hide by repeatedly squealing contradictory tales. I would call that the dance of the death of dainty feet – in present tense or past,” VCD observed.

This was becoming too controversial.

I tried a different tack.

“Everyone knows that PM Modi placed his right hand to bless Sasikala during Jaya’s funeral. Obviously she has or had Modi’s blessings. In return for the lion’s share of Jaya’s stash abroad a section of the BJP could ensure in some way or another to remove Sasikala and OPS from the scheme of things and cobble a united AIADMK to be led by anyone with a little credibility left. One still hears that the actor Rajnikant is mulling over the situation. Thespian Kamal Haasan has begun making politically relevant statements,” I argued.

“Listen to what Davies finally said

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.
A poor life this is if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare. 

None can be sure as to when will Sasikala open her mouth. And none has the time to wait till she does. The DMK wants to return to power, but is handicapped by other considerations. Elections are due in Karnataka soon, but before that, those belonging to the party in TN would want a crack at wielding power because sentiments in Karnataka are dead against Tamils thanks to the Cauvery water dispute. At some stage, the AIADMK regime would fall due to its contradictions. Like the BJP did in Goa and Manipur, huge sections of the AIADMK legislators – perhaps – led by OPS himself – could walk into the BJP – hailing Modi and his recent electoral victories in UP and UK. Power is the dirtied river Ganges that camouflages all political sins. Take the state Congress unit chief in TN – Suppuramuthevar Thirunaavukkarasar. He was a mainstay in the AIADMK under MGR, touted as Jaya’s protector when her fight against her foes began, later became a Rajya Sabha member from MP to be made a central minister during the NDA regime and is now with the Congress, talking political turkey with the DMK. He is a miniaturised and personified version of TN’s political chameleons. It was the DMK which had carried front page exposes on the same Thirunaavukkarasar’s ill-gotten wealth in the 80’s several times. The DMK, AIADMK, PMK, MDMK and DMDK to name just 5 have all been party of NDA and UPA bandwagons directly and/or indirectly at some time or other. Politicians have no sense of shame. And I have no shame in helping the shameless,” FCRA quipped with a guffaw.

“But the Dravidian parties hate the BJP and could never trust them. More importantly, why would AIADMK politicians levitate to the BJP which has no base in TN?” I registered my somewhat feeble protest.

“You are clearly blind beyond the tip of your bulbous nose. For many like OPS, Vijaykant, Jaya’s niece Deepa and other flotsam and jetsam of Tamil Nadu – at this moment – the DMK doors are closed. To be relevant in politics every politician needs a saleable brand with some working capital. BJP – riding on the shoulders of Modi and wielding power at the centre is exactly that. Finding an excuse to be in any camp is as easy as falling off a log in politics,” PPP cackled in response.

“It would still not get the BJP its ground strength or the money from Sasikala,” I averred.

“Ha! Each Dravidian party constituency satrap will arrive with his band of followers and thus create the infrastructure for the BJP at the beginning. From then, everyone will play by the ear or as far as any of those politically blind bats can see. More seriously, when cornered inside her cell, Sasikala may never reveal the details of the stash. So be it. After all, Modi had promised to bring back the wealth stashed abroad and that promise has been conveniently forgotten for now – thanks to his success in unearthing black money through demonetisation. The stash would never be useful to her – even when she emerges from prison … for there is something called nemesis – which strikes when one least expects it to,” DLF spoke in a grim voice, colder than that of the devil.

I had had enough.

“Your drink has a strange colour,” I interpolated to obviously change the subject.

“It is called ‘Indigo’. It contains two types of liqueurs called Curaçao with a dash of Gin and a small dose of E133 dye or Brilliant Blue FCF that lends the purple colour. The due – used in various ‘edible’ applications like canned and/or bottled food, dried soup powders, ice cream, dairy products, mouthwash, soap, shampoos and toilet cleaning liquids. The name Indigo, its colour, its uses and the rarely heard abuses are the fulcrum of politics the world over. How many would know that one of the main sources of Britain’s wealth during colonial times was opium cultivated in India under the guise of indigo plantations? In the 18th century, Britain had a huge trade deficit with Qing dynasty China and so in 1773, the Company created a British monopoly on opium buying in Bengal, India by prohibiting the licensing of opium farmers and private cultivation. The monopoly system established in 1799 continued with minimal changes until 1947. As the opium trade was illegal in China, Company ships could not carry opium to China. So the opium produced in Bengal was sold in Calcutta on condition that it be sent to China. Despite the Chinese ban on opium imports, reaffirmed in 1799 by the Jiaqing Emperor, the drug was smuggled into China from Bengal by traffickers and agency houses such as Jardine, Matheson & Co and Dent & Co. in amounts averaging 900 tons a year. The proceeds of the drug-smugglers landing their cargoes at Lintin Island were paid into the Company’s factory at Canton and by 1825, most of the money needed to buy tea in China was raised by the illegal opium trade. The Company established a group of trading settlements centred on the Straits of Malacca called the Straits Settlements in 1826 to protect its trade route to China and to combat local piracy. The Settlements were also used as penal settlements for Indian civilian and military prisoners. Old man Gandhi realised this bitter truth. India’s real struggle for freedom under Gandhi began in Champaran – now in Bihar – where he fought the case of Indigo farmers. It was a dying commercial dye. None bothers to seriously report that the indigo crop also had a different use. The farmers and labourers were forced to grow indigo instead of food crops by the colonial British. indigo was bought from them at a very low price to export to China as opium.”

“What has that got to do with what I asked – the drink?”

“Patience is a virtue, boyo! This is the era of social media. It is comparable to what Lenin visualised as “socialism.” He famously said thus: Under socialism all will govern in turn and will soon become accustomed to no one governing. He then added a caveat to it: When there is state there can be no freedom, but when there is freedom there will be no state. In the 16th century tasty and juicy oranges were brought to the island of Curaçao by Spanish colonizers. The fruit, however, struggled to survive in the dry tropic climate and the fruits were stunted and bitter. A few years later, someone noticed that the skin of these oranges contained an aromatic ingredient to flavour oils and essences. The oily liqueur – Curacao was the next natural step. One can keep arguing as to which state administers the nation Curaçao – a self regime or the one in Suriname or the Netherlands. The same can be said of Tamil Nadu and several other states of India. Indigo is also one of the largest privately owned airlines in India said to be part owned by Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra. Indigo is a colour or dye, the base for opium that generates illegal cash, an apposition to political intoxication and reportedly an airline that takes passengers on punctual heights! All these attributes are linked in some way or other to colonial rule and its seeming Benami successor – the Indian National Congress – now a private limited company owned by Sonia Gandhi and family. And that, my dear fellow, is my cocktail – Indigo – politically relevant and potent – all in one smooth drink!”

The Delhi dunderhead dressed in Khadi broke into Punjabi and exclaimed, “Sirji, tussi great ho!”

Not wishing to hear more flattery, I mumbled an excuse and escaped.

[1]

The commonly known expansion of PPP is Purchasing Power Parity.

Else, in the subcontinent, it stands for Public-Private-Partnership and Pakistan Peoples’ Party

[2]

Often FDI denotes Foreign Direct Investment.

[3]

The acronym DLF is a company incorporated in India in the year 1946 under the name and style Delhi, Land & Finance.

[4]

FCRA is the short form of a law in India meant to regulate funds received from abroad for non-commercial purposes – or Foreign Contribution Regulation Act 2010.

Jaya murder cover-up defecation aided by Dr Swamy hits the fan?

By Lazy Fly

Are foreign hands helping the cover-up of Jaya murder and guiding the political drama in Tamil Nadu with far more far-reaching consequences than the ruckus in the state legislative assembly?

Whose money is funding and fuelling the vain game of Sasikala Natarajan who seems to be operating with impunity from Parapana Agrahara Prison in Bangalore?

Should one read more into the allegations against Dr Subramanian Swamy? What caused him to suddenly jettison his charges against Sasikala? What has caused his new found admiration of Sasikala as a “God fearing person” comparing favourably when juxtaposed to the equally bad DMK?

Here is a tongue-in-cheek look at the imbroglio.

I spotted MG, the inimitable political fixer in the verandah of Delhi’s Gymkhana Club – that abuts the Prime Minister’s residence in Lutyens’ Delhi, a.k.a India’s national capital region [NCR].

Either he had hired the cottage as a member of some other club or was using the place through the good offices of a contact, I reckoned.

A BMW i8 with Haryana number plates drove in. It disgorged a male Caucasian dressed in a Giorgio Armani suit. Its chauffeur parked a little away.

His facial features indicated a Slav extraction.

I was waiting for a contact to show up in the vicinity. The blighter had perhaps stood me up.

Privjet,” the fixer greeted his visitor.

The stone-faced Russian with chiselled features simply nodded.

Sensing a story, I decided to butt in.

The ‘fixer’ is a spitting image of the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s flunkey, Makhan Lal Fotedar.

The political lobbyist is known as MG which is an acronym of Maha Guru and/or Minimum Guarantee.

“The longer form of MG changes depending on the time, occasion, location and significance of each of my operations,” the man loves to tell those foolish enough to listen.

“One thing is always certain. MG does not stand for Mahatma Gandhi because I love my liquor and flaunt my cocktails,” is a constant line muttered occasionally during his con—corny-conversations.

“You insufferable journos have the habit of butting into each of my important meetings. However, Lazar Hrebeljanović Spiridon Umarov is a friend. Many call him SU – which actually stands for Soviet Union. There is a reason. His connections run the length and breadth of what had been a magnificent conglomerate of socialist republics. His relatives can be found in Kyrgyz, Kazakhstan, Chechnya, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, and Siberia. But, I refer to him as Laser. He is as sharp as the optically amplified light beam that has virtually innumerable uses in modern science,” MG said as an opening gambit. I plonked my backside on one of the cane chairs.

Often, found citing own aphorisms terming and them as the Holy Minds’ Voices, he is also referred to with the sobriquet – HMV.

MG’s predictions are of the Nostradamus variety. They are puzzling and can be indicated as prophesies of any eventuality.

Thanks to his somewhat archaic language, he also is derisively called Long Playing Old Record [LPOR], cassette tape [CT] video-cassette-disc [VCD]. His actions have earned him other epithets. Some of them are political predicament predictor [PPP], fixer-of the deadly instigation [FDI], Doddering Lying Fixer [DLF] and first-class rascally abomination [FCRA].

“What is the Soviet Union doing in Delhi, at the beginning of spring? And more importantly, what are you doing here? I thought you would be in Chennai. After all, getting a totally unpopular government to succeed in winning the vote of confidence in Tamil Nadu’s legislative assembly amidst pandemonium couldn’t have happened sans your fixing. Reports said it was meant to cover up the alleged murder of Jayalalithaa,” I said.

“Chennai is full of foolish politicians and dunderhead media-hacks who pompously call themselves journalists. They are either on the take or cannot see beyond their blistered, blasted, blasphemous, bulbous, bilious, bloated, buffoonish snouts,” FCRA observed.

“You are talking about my profession and I must protest,” I wailed.

“You are a lump of clay, like that chap O Panneerselvam or OPS who ought to be referred to as an apposite of the song oops. He thinks that DMK’s hare-brained heir apparent and Leader of Opposition MK Stalin will help him become Chief Minister again through a no-confidence motion against Speaker Dhanapal,” PPP spat.

“Now you are talking rubbish. By possibly getting Dhanapal thrown out, Stalin can get OPS in and then expose the entire AIADMK as a dud, go for elections and then win hands down. Isn’t that obvious to you?” I thought I had scored the bull’s eye.

“OPS will never win anozer elixon. But, he can zpoil efreyzink for zat fat man pusillanimous,” the Russian interpolated.

“You mean E Palanisamy [EPS], the current CM,” I reacted.

“Iz zee zame zink. Zis man iz zee taking orderz from zat woman in Bangalore prison …sassy zee cola. Zat iz waat I kaal pusillanimous,” the Russian interjected.

“This is triple Greek and Double-Dutch to me. Can you explain, MG?”

LPOR cackled as he began.

“All OPS has to do to challenge EPS is to get all the MLAs with him to resign en masse and claim to go to the people. In the ensuing by-elections to 11 seats, perhaps, some of them may win, but none from the EPS faction will even manage to retain their deposit. That will trigger a lot of MLAs on EPS side to switch sides. Stalin will have to support OPS for the time being – in case he is short of a majority or perhaps abstain from voting. Whatever Stalin does, in the longer run, OPS would turn the tables on EPS. The earnings per share of whatever political capital EPS possesses will be in negative figures. That way, he could even retain the AIADMK identity! Instead of playing this simple trick and turning the tables on EPS and DMK, the political gigolo that OPS is, is playing parlour games in the assembly expecting the CM’s post to land on his table on a platter! That is why I call him a lump of clay,” FDI opined.

“I understand this, but, what did the Russian exactly mean?” I asked the question with a sound pregnant with confusion.

“Pusillanimous stands for a man who lacks courage and/or resoluteness. Sassy stands for a woman possessing an ungodly amount of cool. And Cola… that is what takes the cake. Cola stands for carbonated sweet beverages with phosphoric acid that cause various illnesses including diabetes, hypertension, and kidney stones. That is what Sasikala Natarajan actually has turned out to be for the AIADMK and the memory of Jayalalithaa! That, little boyo Lazy, is basic English!” CT guffawed.

The nickel dropped.

Meanwhile, the Russian took out a hip flask and handed it over to DLF.

“Iz chilled, Guru! I put zee ize inzide when I leafe zee hotel”. The Russian said it with a broad smile.

HMV poured into a whiskey glass. It had a light blue colour.

“This is my favourite pepper-vodka cocktail – brand-named Electric Light. It mainly comprises Svedka Blue Raspberry lightened with coconut water, a special blue sports drink that is yet to be discovered by the drug examiners who are invigilators in chess Olympiads, a dash of silver tequila, peach schnapps, blue Curacao and some sour mix. The ingredients – jointly augment thinking power.”

“So what is the Russian connection to what goes on in Tamil Nadu – as your Slav friend seems to know quite a bit about the south Indian state,” I asked.

“The answer will give you a shock. Many in India now know that Sonia Gandhi began life as an agent of the KGB and Pakistan’s ISI. Jayalalithaa hated Sonia and made no bones about it. Today, the person appearing for Sasikala Natarajan is senior Supreme Court advocate KTS Tulsi. Trusted by Sonia, he has defended Robert Vadra, Punjab terrorist DPS Bhullar and was nominated to the Rajya Sabha during the United Progressive Alliance rule. Obviously, Sonia wants to get even with Jayalalithaa posthumously. By getting the former TN CM convicted after death, Sonia has won this round against Jaya. Through the machinations of Sasikala, the AIADMK is almost destroyed. On her part, Sasikala used to be moll of none other than Karunanidhi. And very successfully, a systematic canard is being spread that Sasikala has Modi’s blessings. During the Jallikkattu agitation, pro LTTE slogans were shouted – obviously due to the machinations of the Rasputin called Natarajan who is in constant touch with the banned Tiger terrorists. The new friendship between Putin and China has led to FSB – the new avatar of KGB to poke its nose into the immediate southern neighbourhood of India through the Lankan port of Hambantota and a lot worse. And then there is another Congress mainstay – P Chidambaram who has repeatedly lied about the murder of Rajiv Gandhi. Dr Swamy tweeted last year that Sasikala was holding Jaya prisoner– the same way Mughal emperor Shah Jahan was – by Aurangzeb. Now, he has changed his tune completely and hails the same Sasikala. You see, Swamy also has a score to settle with Jayalalithaa. After all, she had systematically destroyed all chances the man had to develop a political base in Tamil Nadu. For the time being he is a Rajya Sabha member. Once something happens to the post or the ex-Harvard professor rubs Modi too badly on the wrong shoulder, he would be in a unique political position called limbo. Perhaps, realising the position he is in, suddenly, the man has attacked Karti Chidambaram’s stash abroad to divert attention from one basic fact that Swami, Apollo promoter Pratap Reddy, fake God-man Chandraswami and Karti’s wife Srinidhi Chidambaram are on the same page! Even Dr Swamy’s attack on the Maran Brothers is a feint as Apollo Hospitals are part of the Aircel-Maxis scandal. In a nutshell, boyo, every dirty finger is in this pie. And all the fingers have one symbolic hand source … Sonia Gandhi.”

I was fidgeting madly as the Minimum Guarantee made his long speech – all of which was and is controversial. However, I tried one last shot.

“So apart from the old hat tale about Sonia’s connections with the KGB dating back to 60’s, where is the Russian link now?”

It was the Russian’s turn to get in again.

“Does my name Umarov mean anyzink to you?”

“No.”

“One of my distant relatife haz zee name Omarova … she iz zee wife of cricket game match fixer and washed up actor Vindu Dara Zingh. Zingh linked to N Zrinivasan zon-in-law Gurunath, who iz cloze to Maran Broz. Zingh and wife Omarova holiday rekularlee in Siberia! Zee case against Singh is kaput and jingalala for long time. Zee ban against Chennai Zuper Kink iz remofing zis year. Cricket auction action now goink on in Bangalore. Sassy Cola also is Bangalore prison. You understand full link out now!”

My head reeled from the info.

At that time, my contact showed up in the horizon. Muttering an excuse, primarily to escape the controversies, I beat a hasty retreat.

Jayalalithaa’s Last Coffee With Cho?

All good short stories have a major twist in the tale.

Tamil Nadu legislative assembly is seeing fantastic twists and turns – perhaps forcing Annadurai, MGR and Jayalalithaa to twist in their graves – all located within 50 metres of each other and within 1 km from the state’s seat of power – Fort St George.

The factual part is shaming all Tamils incessantly.

The fictional part of this tale has an almost unbelievable climax!

The truly unbelievable nature of Tamil Nadu’s recent political events takes one’s breath away.

Till she was alive, J Jayalalithaa, India’s most enigmatic woman politician was hailed as ‘the permanent Chief Minister’.

The third calendar month after her passing is yet to begin. The permanence of Jaya’s memory has been reduced to near nothingness. The person, who succeeded in doing that through a vain attempt to capture power vide a slightly ajar backdoor, is the late CM’s former servant maid, Sasikala Natarajan. She is currently languishing in prison.

Utterly shameless sections of Chennai-based media milled around Sasikala, wrote highly in her praise and worse, accorded wide publicity to the outrageous claims made by Natarajan, Sasikala’s criminally inclined husband. The man had the temerity to say that it was he and his wife who had created the legend of invincibility around the persona of Jayalalithaa by guiding her political career. This man had been jailed when Jaya was alive.

None would have dared to do such things, had another person – a personal friend to most Indian politicians and also their harshest critic – Cho S Ramaswamy been alive.

Cho passed away within 48 hours of Jaya’s demise.

Turning the clock back in real life is impossible. Fiction based on real life events gives one that opportunity.

What would the scenario be, had Jayalalithaa and Cho remained alive in 2021 – by when the woman would complete serving her prison term?

The parameters of the situation have been set by the recent ruling of the Apex Court, convicting Jaya on charges of amassing wealth disproportionate to her known sources of income. Posthumously, the female revolutionary leader has been convicted.

Resurrection of Jayalalithaa’s political career is out of the question. If she had been alive, the portly ex-CM would have had to spend 4 years in incarceration. Upon release, she would have had to spend 6 years in a state of political non sequitur. That would have rendered her a pale shadow of her former self if she had continued to live.

I have had the privilege of having fought with her in press interviews. Whatever be her faults, she was one determined woman.

I imagined what could happen if Cho and Jayalalithaa – old friends since their start of their acting careers – met at Chennai’s Marina Beach – the very venue that can be viewed clearly from the state’s police headquarters. Some 500,000 miscreants had been allowed to congregate to hold the state to ransom for 10 days in January 2017. The state police discreetly gave everyone to understand that the brouhaha over Jallikkattu had taken place “unexpectedly” and due to the infiltration of non-state actors of the anti-social kind.  

That yarn obviously triggered derisive disbelief spanning the length and breadth of India that is Bharat.  Nevertheless, Tamil Nadu’s politicised officialdom is continuing to mouth the offensive offal jargon of having been surprised by anti-social elements.

The following  paragraphs are fantastic as well … but … 

Cho is having a cup of coffee in the restaurant behind the Gandhi Statue – in the evening – around 6-30 p.m.

The date: December 5 2021.

The shadows have lengthened. A mild wintry nip in the air accords the scene a slight eerie look.

Jayalalithaa alights from her car on the eastern side of the restaurant.

Noticing her, Cho takes a few steps towards her. Jaya’s male servant brings in an ornate chair for the lady to sit comfortably. A police constable on duty to guard Cho brings a plastic chair from the restaurant and places it next to the table. 

“So, Cho…” Jaya begins hesitantly.

As you sow, so you reap, goes the adage. You had sowed the wind, the whirlwind showed up and hit you.” Cho replies adding his customary mischievous smile.

“Why am I being led to think that you wantonly used the word sow? The word also means a fully grown female pig.” Jayalalithaa smiles as she utters the sentence, but the smile doesn’t reach her eyes.

“Had I wanted to pun on the word, I would have rather compared you to a gold bar. A sow also means a metal ingot created by pouring molten ore through a mould. That is what you are – a hard shrewd shrew as hard as hardened molten ore, which is still hot. Your hard-heart is so fastidious that it can hardly be pleased. That is why, politics of this state has shooed and ‘shoed‘ you off!”

“You haven’t lost your sarcasm. You are punning better than before.” This time, Jaya laughs out loud and her mirth reaches her eyes.

“Those are gifts from sins of a misspent youth. Some of those years were spent with you and several others like MGR, Shivaji Ganeshan, Jai Shankar to name just three… on garish movie sets. The resultant public image of a smart Alec wise-cracking wiseguy helped in according me a little fame … and aided the takeoff of my magazine Thuglak. Else, I am only left with the puns whose fun quotient is getting less and less these days. As far as the sarcasm goes, well, who cares about it is a question that haunts me. Few politicians, cops and journalists agree with most of what I say and write. The common public say that my ideas are so good that they are impractical.”

Cho shrugs his shoulders to express frustration and retrieves his smoking pipe.

Jayalalithaa seems aghast.

“You shouldn’t be smoking, Cho! I remember seeing you in Apollo and you were supposed to stop all kinds of bad breath. Smoking is one of them.”

“You need to change your spectacles, Jaya. You can notice that my pipe is without tobacco. I just use it as some kind of prop and draw air when memories haunt me.”

“Thank God! For a moment…”

“You are not a beach-comber. You obviously arrived here by design.” Cho says this with mischief making his eyes crinkle.

“I came to meet you.”

Jayalalithaa’s voice is flat and without emotion.

“I thought as much.”

“Your weekly deadline ended this afternoon. I was informed that you secretly spend time at the seashore … perhaps to imbibe the rich, ozone filled air.”

“If you are able to suss that out, it can’t be much of a secret. Say your piece, please. I am all ears.”

“My political life …or what is left of it …is over. I only have bitter, distant memories.”

“OK.”

“I want to serialise my memoirs. I thought of doing it in Thuglak. Remember, I once wrote in your magazine.”

“It would be a good idea.”

Cho signals the waiter. He brings a cup of coffee and leaves it in front of Cho.

She takes a sip, wrinkles her nose expressing dissatisfaction at its taste.

“It isn’t poison. On sets, we have drunk worse coffee.”

“Don’t skirt the issue. Will you publish my memoirs?”

“Of course, I will. But, if you write something controversial, I will add my comment at the bottom to set the record straight. You know the drill.”

“Of course, I do. But, my memoirs are bound to create a sensation. I am going to reveal how Sasikala robbed me of most of my wealth, convinced me to earn money for the sake of members of her extended family and why I had to suffer in prison for it. The worst part is that she tried to kill me. I am getting even and will clear my name, if that is the last thing I do. I will leave nothing to chance.

“You can’t be serious. That would need evidence or else … it would be libel.”

“I have all the evidence at home. Why don’t you come to Veda Nilayam now? I will give you the first 4 episodes right away.”

Jayalalithaa says this in an excited voice.

“You go ahead. I will reach there in some 10 minutes. I am expecting someone here.”

“Okay. I will get really good coffee made for you at home.”

Jaya leaves. Her assistant picks up her ornate chair and the car is driven away.

Cho’s driver rushes in with a mobile phone.

“You had left it for charging in the car, sir. It is ringing!”

Cho sees a familiar number and flicks the button to speak. He says loudly, “Yes!”

“Sir, TSV Hari, here. Just now, television channels are showing that the former CM Jayalalithaa’s home Veda Nilayam is on fire…Fire tenders have been rushed, but initial reports indicate that she may not have survived.”

What?”

Cho suddenly notices that the coffee on the table is left untouched. Puzzled, he gets up, takes a short walk around the table. There are no marks of a chair having been placed or those of the footprints supposed to have been left when Jaya had departed.

The waiter approaches.

“Shall I take away that coffee you ordered sir? It has been some 20 minutes since I left it there. Perhaps you had forgotten that you had ordered it.”

“I had ordered it for …my guest!”

“But there was no guest, sir. You suddenly got up and came to this table, so I moved the coffee cup. Perhaps … inadvertently… you forgot about this coffee. It has gone cold.”

Cho speaks into the phone.

“Hari, are you sure of the fire?”

Hari replies in the affirmative.

“I was in the vicinity of Poes Garden when this happened. I am standing in front of Veda Nilayam. The fire is huge. Whoever was inside perhaps had no chance to escape alive, is what the fire fighters are saying,” Hari responds.

“Was there anyone else inside…some servant or…”

“Apparently, Sasikala was released from prison today and she entered some 30 minutes ago, according to eyewitnesses. None saw her leave.”

“OK. You come to the office. I have something fantastic to tell you. And you will get excellent coffee in the office today!” Cho cuts the connection.

He gets up, looks at the spot, where he had seen Jaya seated and sadly shakes his head.

“As far as I am concerned, old girl, you did it all in one go. You got even, got your name cleared with me, and, in a strange way, left nothing … to chance!”

Sadness writ large on his face, Cho murmurs the sentence under his breath. He walks towards his car flanked by his guard and driver.

தமிழக அரசியல்வாதிகளுள் யாருக்கும் வெட்கமில்லை!

ஊருக்கும் வெட்கமில்லை
இந்த உலகுக்கும் வெட்கமில்லை
யாருக்கும் வெட்கமில்லை

மேலே உள்ளவை, 1975ல் வெளிவந்தயாருக்கும் வெட்கமில்லைஎன்ற படத்தில் ஒலித்த பாடலின் பல்லவி.[1] அதில் பிரதான கதாபாத்திரத்தை ஏற்று நடித்தவர் ஜெயலலிதா. கதை, வசனம், டைரக்ஷன்துக்ளக் ஆசிரியர் சோ.

தமிழக முதல்வராக இருந்த ஜெயலலிதா மறைந்து இன்னும் முழுமையாக 3 மாதங்கள் முடியவில்லை, அவர் கட்டிக்காத்த அகில இந்திய அண்ணா திராவிட முன்னேற்றக் கழகம் [அ இ அ தி மு க], கலகத்திலும் குழப்பங்களிலும் சிக்கி, கிட்டத்தட்டக் கழிவுப் பொருளான நிலையை அடைந்து, அதன் பெயர் “லகலகலகலக” வென ரிப்பேராகிவிட்டது.

விரைவில் தமிழகத்தில் ஜனாதிபதி ஆட்சிதான் வரும் என ஒரு அளவுக்கு நம்பும்படியான ஆரூடத்தை ஊடகங்கள் சொல்கின்றன.

கைவசம் 130 சட்ட மன்ற உறுப்பினர்களின் ஆதரவுக் கடிதங்களை வைத்துள்ளதாக ஜெயலலிதாவின் “உடன்பிறவா சகோதரி” சசிகலா சொல்லி வருகிறார்.

சட்ட மன்ற உறுப்பினர்களை ஒரு லாட்ஜில் பிணைக்கைதிகளாக சசிகலா வைத்துள்ளார். அவர்களை விடுவித்து, சுதந்திரமாகச் செயல்பட அனுமதித்த பின்பு சட்டமன்றத்தில் யாரிடம் பெரும்பான்மை இருக்கிறது என நிரூபித்தல் அவசியம். அதை என்னால் செய்ய முடியும்,”, என்ற வாதத்தை முதல்வர் ஓ பி எஸ் முன்வைத்துள்ளார்.

“பிணைக்கைதிகளாக இருப்பதாகச் சொல்லப்படும் எம் எல் ஏக்களின் உண்மை நிலையை உள்ளூர் காவல்துறை உதவியுடன் கண்டுபிடித்து உரிய நடவடிக்கை விடுவிக்காவிடில் மத்திய அரசின் படைகள் களமிறங்கும்,” என ஆளுனர் ராவ் அரசுக்குத் தகவல் தெரிவித்துள்ளதாக செய்திகள் வந்தவண்ணம் உள்ளன. இவை எல்லாம் ஜனாதிபதி ஆட்சி பிரகடனப்பட்டுத்த பா ஜ க செய்யும் சூழ்ச்சி, என சசிகலாவுக்கு ஆதரவாகப் பேசுவோர் சொல்கிறார்கள்.

உண்மை கண்டறியப்பட வேண்டும். தேவை என்றால் ஜனாதிபதி ஆட்சி வரட்டும் என தமிழகம் முழுதும் ஆதரவுக் குரல்களை கேட்க முடிகிறது.

இக்காரணங்களால், இன்று சசிகலா, “சதிகலாஎன ஏசப்படுகிறார். சட்ட மன்ற உறுப்பினர்களை அவர் சிறைபிடித்து வைத்திருப்பதை “கூத்து” எனும் சிலர், அவரைசகதிகலாஎன்றும் பழிக்கிறார்கள்.

“எம் எல் ஏ க்கள் எங்கள் பாதுகாப்பில், சொந்த விருப்பத்தின் பெயரில் தான் உள்ளார்கள்,” என சசிகலாக் குழு வாதிடுகிறது.

அது உண்மை என்றால், அவர்களை அடைத்து வைக்க என்ன தேவை உள்ளது? நிருபர்கள் கூட மஹாபலிபுறம் அருகே உள்ள விடுதிக்குச் செல்வதை ரவுடிகளை வைத்துத் தடுக்க என்ன காரணம் என்ற அடிப்படையான கேள்விகளுக்கு சசிகலா தரப்பினர் விடை அளிக்க மறுக்கின்றனர்.

தன் பங்கிற்கு சசிகலா ஆளுனரை பகிரங்கமாக மிரட்டத் துவங்கி விட்டார். “பொறுமை காப்போம். பின்பு, அதன் எல்லை மீறப்படும்படி ராஜ் பவன் நடந்து கொண்டால், செய்ய வேண்டியதைச் செய்யத் தயங்க மாட்டோம்,” என சசிகலா பேட்டி அளித்துள்ளார்.

சமீப காலம் வரை, சசிகலாவுக்குக் காவடி எடுத்த கல்வி அமைச்சர் பாண்டியராஜன், ஓ பி எஸ் அணியில் சேர்ந்து, சசிகாலாவைப் பழிக்கத் துவங்கி விட்டார்.

இக்காரணங்களால், “துரோகி” என்ற பட்டத்தை சசிகலாவும், காபந்து முதல்வர் எனச் சொல்லப்படும் [அரசியல் சட்டப்படி அப்படி ஒரு பதவி இல்லை] ஓ பி எஸ் ஸும் பரஸ்பரம் பரிமாறிக் கொண்டு வருகிறார்கள்.

அ இ அ தி மு க வின் அவைத் தலைவர் பதவியை – மதுசூதனனிடமிருந்து சசிகலா பறித்து அவரைக் கட்சியை விட்டு நீக்கினார். அதே பதில் மரியதையை  தானும் செய்ததாக மதுசூதனன் அறிவித்தார்.

“எம் எல் ஏக்கள் அதிக அளவில் உள்ள அணியை ஆட்சி அமைக்க அழைக்க வேண்டும் என அரசியல் சட்டம் சொல்கிறதே! ஆகையால், ஆளுனர் ராவ் சசிகலாவை ஆட்சி அமைக்க அழைப்பதில் தாமதம் காட்டுவதை சட்டவிரோதமான செயல்,” என டாக்டர் சுப்பிரமணியன் ஸ்வாமி போன்றோர் சொல்லி வருகிறார்கள்.

பொதுவாக, ஸ்வாமி அ இ அ தி மு க வின் எதிரி எனச் சித்தரிக்கப்படுபவர்.

1992 முதல் ஜெயலலிதாவின் அரசியல் வாழ்வுக்கு சாவு மணி அடிப்பேன் எனக் கங்கணம் கட்டி தமிழகத்தில் அவர் செயல்பட ஆரம்பித்தார். அது பலிக்கவில்லை.

ஸ்வாமி அ இ அ தி மு க ஆதரவுடன் 1998-இல் மதுரைத் தொகுதியிலிருந்து வென்று மக்களவைக்குச் சென்றார் என்பதை பலர் மறந்துள்ளனர்.

ஸ்வாமியின் அரசியல் உறவுகளெல்லாவற்றையுமே அவரது நண்பர் சந்திரஸ்வாமி என்ற கபட சாமியார் தனது ஆதரவாளர்களின் தயவில் ஏற்படுத்தி உள்ளார் என்பதை பலர் மறந்திருக்கலாம். சந்திரஸ்வாமியின் பிரதான சீடர்களுள் ஒருவர் அப்போலோ மருத்துவ மனையின் உரிமையாளர் டாக்டர் பிரதாப் ரெட்டி. ஜெயலலிதா மர்மமான கடைசி மூச்சை அப்போலோவில் விட்டார் எனச் செய்திகள் சொல்கிறன. அப்போலோ மருத்துவ மனையில் ஜெயல்லிதாவைச் சந்திக்க யாரையும் அனுமதிக்காத சசிகலாவுக்கும் மருத்துவமனை தலைவர் பிரதாப் ரெட்டிக்கும் “கொள்கை அடிப்படை உறவு” இருப்பதை எல்லோருமே எளிதில் யூகிக்கலாம். ஜெயலலிதாவின் மறைவில் அப்போலோவின் உரிமையாளர்களுக்குப் பங்குண்டு என நிரூபணமாவதை ஸ்வாமி விரும்ப வாய்ப்பே இல்லை. ஆகையால், பிரதாப் ரெட்டிக்குச் சாதகமா ஸ்வாமி செயலபடுவதில் எந்த வித ஆச்சிர்யமும் இல்லை. அதன் ஒரு பகுதியாக, சசிகலாவுக்கு முதல்வர் பதவி அளித்தே ஆக வேண்டுமென ஸ்வாமி சொல்வதில் அதிர்ச்சி அடைய ஏதுமில்லை. இதற்காக அவர் சசிகலா குழுவிடம் பெட்டி நிறையப் பணம் பெற்றார் என்றெல்லாம் சொல்வது பிதற்றல்.

இன்று தமிழகத்தின் அவல நிலையின் சுருக்கம்:

75 நாட்கள் அப்போலோ மருத்துவ மனையில் சிகிச்சை பெற்றதாகக் கூறப்பட்ட ஜெயலலிதாவை, அவர் கவனித்து வந்த இலாக்காக்களின் செயல்பாட்டை மேற்பார்வை இட நியமிக்கப்பட்ட ஓ பன்னீர்செல்வம் என்ற தற்போதைய முதல்வருக்கு – நோய்வாய்ப் பட்டிருந்த தனது தலைவியை ஒரு முறை கூட சந்திக்க அனுமதி வழங்கப்படவில்லை.

“ஜெயலலிதாவின் விருப்பத்திற்கேற்பத் தான் அவ்வாறு நிகழ்ந்தது,” என்பது சசிகலா தலைமை தாங்குவதாகத் தென்படும் கும்பல் வாதிடுகிறது.

இந்த வாதம் நம்பும்படியாக இல்லை.

செப்டம்பர் 27 2014 அன்று ஜெயலலிதாவுக்கு பெங்களூரின் பார்ப்பன அக்கிரஹாரா என்ற இடத்தில் அமைந்திருந்த விசேஷ நீதிமன்றத்தில், ஜான் மைக்கேல் டா குந்ஹா என்ற நீதிபதி 4 ஆண்டுகள் சிறைத் தண்டனை  வழங்கினார். சிறையில் ஜெயலலிதாவை யாராலும் பார்க்க முடியவில்லை. குறிப்பாக, அவர் தனது தோழி சசிகலாவைக் கூடச் சந்திக்கவில்லை.

அவர் சிறையில் இருந்த காலத்தில், முதல்வர் பதவியை ஓ பி எஸ் வகித்தார். சிறையிலிருந்து ஜெயலலிதா வெளியே வந்த பின்பு, மீண்டும் முதல்மைச்சராகும் வரை ஓ பி எஸ் முதல்வர் பதவியில் தொடர்ந்தார். இது ஜெயலலிதாவின் ஒப்புதலுடன் தான் நடந்தது. அக்காலகட்டத்தில் ஓ பி எஸ் அடிக்கடி ஜெயலலிதாவை போயஸ் தோட்டத்தின் வேதா நிலையம் பங்களாவில் சந்தித்ததாகச் செய்திகள் சொல்கின்றன.

ஜெயலலிதாவின் வசமிருந்த இலாக்காக்களை – அப்போலோ மருத்துவ மனையில் அவர் அனுமதிக்கப்பட்டபோது – ஓ பி எஸ் கவனித்துக் கொள்ளும்படி பணிக்கப்பட்டார். இது ஜெயலலிதாவின் ஒப்புதலுடன் நிகழ்ந்ததாக ஆளுனர் வித்யாசாகர் ராவ் கூறினார். நிதி அமைச்சராக ஓ பி எஸ் தொடர்ந்தார்.

ஜெயலலிதாவைச் சந்திக்க அனுமதிக்கப் படாதவர்கள் பட்டியலுள் ஆளுனர் ராவ், ஓ பி எஸ், மத்திய நிதி அமைச்சர் ஜேட்லி, தமிழக எதிர் கட்சித் தலைவர் ஸ்டாலின், தலைமைச் செயலாளர் ராம் மோஹன் ராவ், என ஏராளமானோரின் பெயர்கள் உள்ளன.

இந்த நிலையில் செப்டம்பர் 22 2016 அன்று மருத்துவமனையில் அனுமதிக்கப்பட்ட ஜெயலலிதாவை அவரது உதவியாளர்கள் ராமலிங்கம், வெங்கட ரமணன் மற்றும் அப்போதைய தலைமைச் செயலாளர் ராம் மோஹன் ராவ் செப்டம்பர் 27 2016 அன்று காவிரி நடுவர் மன்றம் பற்றி அளவளாவியதாக தமிழக அரசுச் செய்திக் குறிப்புக் கூறுகிறது. அக்டோபர் 2 ஆம் தேதி அன்று ஆளுனர் ராவுக்கு அந்த அனுமதி மறுக்கப்பட்டது. ஆனால் அக்டோபர் 22 அன்று ராவ் ஜெயலலிதாவைச் சந்தித்தார் என சசிகலாவுக்கு ஆதரவாக பத்திரிக்கை நிருபர்களிடம் பேசிய டாக்டர்கள் பீலே, பாபு அப்ரஹாம் மற்றும் பாலாஜி ஆகியோர் சில தினங்கள் முன்பு சொன்னார்கள்.

அவர்கள் சொல்லும் சில மணி நேரங்கள் முன்பு வெங்கடரமணனும், ராமலிங்கமும் வேறு இலாக்காக்களுக்கு பதவி மாற்றம் செய்யப்பட்டனர். அவர்கள் இது வரை விசாரிக்கப்படவில்லை!

இந்த நிலையில் ராம சீதா என்ற பெண் மருத்துவர் செப்டம்பர் 22 2016 அன்று கொண்டுவரப்பட்டது ஜெயலலிதாவின் சடலம் தான் என்று வாக்குமூலம் அளித்து வருகிறார்.

சசிகலா போயஸ் தோட்ட வீட்டில் தங்க அனுமதி இருப்பதாக எந்த வித ஆதாரமும் காண்பிக்கப்படவில்லை.

ஓ பி எஸ் தி மு க வின் சொற்படி செயல்படுகிறார் என சசிகலா குற்றம் சாட்டுகிறார். ஆனால் சசிகலாவே தி மு க தலைவர் கலைஞரின் கைப்பாவை என்ற செய்தி ஊடகங்களில் 5 வருடங்களாக வலம் வந்தவண்ணம் உள்ளது.

75 நாட்கள் மருத்துவமனையில் இருந்த ஜெயலலிதா  பற்றி வாய் திறவாத ஓ பி எஸ், திடீரென வீரம் வந்தவர் போலவும், சசிகலாவின் சதியை உணர்ந்தவர் போலவும் சித்தரிக்கப்படுவது நம்பும்படியாக இல்லை.

தான் கட்டாயப்படுத்தி ராஜினாமாக் கடிதத்தில் கையொப்பமிடப் பணிக்கப்பட்டதாக்க் கூறும் ஓ பி எஸ், காவல்துறையில் புகார் கொடுத்து, இ பி கோ 503 இன் கீழ் சசிகலாவை கைது செய்யும்படியே காவல்துறையைப் பணித்திருக்கலாம். இதுவும் நடக்கவில்லை.

ஸ்டாலின் அ இ அ தி மு க சார்பில் முதலமைச்சராக உள்ள ஓ பி எஸ் ஸுக்கு உதவும் ரீதியில் செயல்படுவது பல சந்தேகங்களைக் கிளப்புகிறது.

பா ஜ க இந்த குழம்பிய குட்டையில் மீன் பிடிக்கப்பார்க்கிறது எனச் சொல்வோர், தமிழனின் தன்மானம் பாதிக்கப்படுகிறது, ஆரிய மாயை என்றெல்லாம் பேசுகிறார்கள்.

பா ஜ க இதில் பிற கட்சிகளைப் போல அரசியல் ஆதாயம் தேடுகிறது.

ஜனாதிபதி ஆட்சி என்றால் அதன் பொருள் பா ஜ க ஆட்சி தான். அதுவே நிகழ்ந்தால், வெட்கங்கெட்ட அரசியல்வாதிகள் பட்டியலில் எல்லா தமிழக அரசியல்வாதிகள் இடம்பெற்ற உணர்வு ஏற்படும்.

இறந்த ஜெயலலிதா இனி திரும்பி வரப்போவதில்லை. மேல் உலகில் கீழ்க்காணும் பாடலை அவர் முணுமுணுக்கிறாரோ என்னவோ!

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ஊருக்கும் வெட்கமில்லை

இந்த உலகுக்கும் வெட்கமில்லை

யாருக்கும் வெட்கமில்லை

இதிலே அவளுக்கு வெட்கமென்ன

மேலும் கீழும் கோடுகள் போடு அதுதான் ஒவியம்

நீ சொன்னால் காவியம்

ஓவியம் என்றால் என்னவென்று தெரிந்தவர் இல்லையடா

குருடர்கள் உலகில் கண்கள் இருந்தால் அதுதான் தொல்லையடா

அத்தன பழமும் சொத்தைகள் தானே ஆண்டவன் படைப்பினிலே

அத்திப் பழத்தை குற்றம் கூற யாருக்கும் வெட்கமில்லை

மூடர்கள் ஏற்றிய குற்றத்தை மறந்து முதுகை பாருங்கள்

முதுகினில் ஆயிரம் அழுக்கு அதனை கழுவுங்கள்

சுட்டும் விரலால் எதிரியை காட்டி குற்றம் கூறுகையில்

மற்றும் மூன்று விரல்கள் உங்கள் மார்ப்பினை காட்டுதடா

எங்கேயாவது மனிதன் ஒருவன் இருந்தால் சொல்லுங்கள்

இருக்கும் அவனும் புனிதன் என்றால் என்னிடம் காட்டுங்கள்

அப்பன் தவறு பிள்ளைக்கு தெரிந்தால் அவனுக்கு வெட்கமில்லை

அத்தனை பேரையும் படைத்தானே அந்த சிவனுக்கும் வெட்கமில்லை

இப்போது இந்த உலகம் முழுவதும் எவனுக்கும் வெட்கமில்லை

எல்லார் கதையும் ஒன்றாய் முடிக்கும் எமனுக்கும் வெட்கமில்லை

Sasikala’s endgame in sight!

If what Tamil Nadu Chief Minister O Panneerselvam [OPS] says about being coerced into resigning to make way for his adversary Vivekanandan Krishnaveni Sasikala to be made the head of the ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam is true, he has a simple option – to register a First Information Report [FIR] under section 503 IPC in any police station of his choice.

It has been repeatedly said by OPS that Sasikala and her supporters forced him to resign as the CM of TN.

That very act constitutes a cognizable offence of criminal intimidation enumerated under section 503 of the Indian Penal Code [IPC] which reads thus:

Whoever threatens another with any injury to his person, reputation or property, or to the person or reputation of any one in whom that person is interested, with intent to cause alarm to that person, or to cause that person to do any act which he is not legally bound to do, or to omit to do any act which that person is legally entitled to do, as the means of avoiding the execution of such threat, commits criminal intimidation.

The offence is punishable under section 506 IPC. The relevant penal code reads:

Whoever commits the offence of criminal intimidation shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both.

OPS holds the post of CM. The position accords him control over the Home portfolio. As the Home Minister, it is well within the powers vested in OPS to file a simple police complaint citing commission of an offence to be dealt with under the above mentioned provisos. Further, it is the duty of any and every citizen of India that is Bharat to register such an FIR – in public interest. In the case of OPS there is public as well as personal interest.

The police would be duty bound to arrest VK Sasikala.

How many ruling party legislators would stand alongside the late Jayalalithaa’s former charwoman after the local police take her in for questioning?

That remains a moot, albeit unanswered question.

There are other queries that cry out for replies.

Obviously, Panneerselvam knows that he cannot win any election on his own. Yet, he has burnt his boats with the Sasikala faction of the AIADMK and ipso facto at least 129 legislators – as on date.

Would someone with his seniority and experience risk everything including his CM’s chair after a few minutes’ meditation at Jayalalithaa’s grave? Has OPS got some inkling about the Disproportionate Assets case verdict said to be scheduled 2 days from now? 

How did OPS gather enough guts to challenge Sasikala before whom he had bent double a few days ago?

Why did OPS not speak out for 75 days when Jayalalithaa was in hospital – about his being refused permission to see her?

Since December 5 2016, these columns have relentlessly exposed the perfidious politics of Tamil Nadu. All of them point to foul play in Jayalalithaa’s demise, extreme corruption, highest levels of conspiracy and a lot worse. Here is a selection from that list:

http://southernfeaturesnewsservice.blogspot.in/2017/02/real-reasons-behind-postponement-of.html

https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2017/02/05/has-sasikala-i/

http://southernfeaturesnewsservice.blogspot.in/2017/01/end-of-jallikkattu-drama-marks-start-of.html

https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2017/01/31/tamil-nadu-politics-whodunnit/

http://southernfeaturesnewsservice.blogspot.in/2017/01/sasikala-under-central-microscope-over.html

https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2016/12/27/sasikala-to-be-aiadmks-version-of-congress-boss-sonia-gandhi/

https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2016/12/12/will-tamil-nadu-become-hell-by-hailing-step-mother-sasikalas-leadership-of-aiadmk/

https://haritsv.wordpress.com/2016/12/05/jayalalithaas-demise-creates-a-political-conundrum-in-tamil-nadu/

Has Sasikala incriminated herself irretrievably?

Has Sasikala Natarajan, in a mad haste to grab power, painted herself into a tricky political corner?

Has she invited trouble upon herself by being declared ‘unanimously elected’ as the leader of All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam legislature party?

“Veda Nilayam [the late Jayalalithaa’s residence in the heart of Chennai] was the residence of Tamil Nadu’s Chief Minister. To continue staying there, I have now become the future CM!”

In a nutshell, that is the latent meaning behind the declaration of her being elected Legislature Party leader of the AIADMK.

But, that raises more questions. Replies to a few of them could render Sasikala’s life, as the future CM of Tamil Nadu, a complete misery.

“Outgoing CM O Panneerselvam [OPS] himself proposed the name of “Chinnammaa’ thereby showing the party is solidly behind the future CM. Since the days of [late] MG Ramachandran, who founded the AIADMK, that has been the practice and so it continues,” the roly-poly former drama actress and current spokesperson Saraswati told news channels.

That exactly is where the troubles of Vivekanandan Krishnaveni Sasikala and her husband Natarajan could begin.

The operative portion of the resignation letter penned by O Panneerselvam [OPS now nicknamed Oops] reads thus: Due to my personal reasons, I am tendering my resignation from the post of Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Kindly accept my resignation and relieve the council of ministers appointed by me on 6.12.2016. 

AIADMK apologists could hastily say that is the exact format for tendering an acceptable resignation. While that is true, “personal reasons” can be interpreted in myriad ways. In a crunch situation of the future, OPS can say, such “personal reasons” include [1] pressure from the Sasikala Group, [2] suspicion of the Mannargudi Mafia’s hand in Jaya’s mysterious death, [3] a wish to retire from public life in peace as those close to him [reportedly like Sekar Reddy, Ram Mohan Rao etc] are being persistently targeted by Sasikala group, etc. etc.

OPS could opt out of joining Sasikala’s future cabinet citing “personal reasons”. If that possibility sounds ominous, the converse – his agreeing to joining the cabinet – the announcement is yet to be made by the Mannargudi marauder gang – could prove to be worse for Sasikala. In the case of a crunch situation, a legally constituted cabinet of ministers are to be held responsible for all decisions – jointly and severally. All OPS has to do is slip in a minor glitch in the statement over the formation of his ministry on 6-12-2016 and the defecation would hit the fan. 

Quoting Sasikala, the Times of India said thus in its report:

Sasikala had a special word of praise for Panneerselvam, stating “whenever the party faced tough times and whenever there were difficulties in Amma becoming the chief minister, it was our dear brother Panneerselvam who has been loyal.”

“It was Panneerselvam who had first persuaded me to become the Chief Minister and General Secretary as well when Jayalalithaa passed away,” Sasikala told party legislators in her acceptance speech.

Was OPS being really loyal?

Is he merely appearing to be loyal and cleverly removing himself from all dangerous positions of the future?

Has he succeeded in painting the picture of self-effacing-sacrificing person – simultaneously to use it tellingly in future?

One of the senior journalists outside the Lloyd’s Road party headquarters of the AIADMK is said to have muttered thus immediately after Sasikala’s election as legislature party leader: “It would be interesting to see whether OPS decides to be the number 2 and also the FM as doubtlessly Sasikala would retain the Home portfolio and thus control the police. That is a rather piquant situation as – the Madras High Court is seized of the matter concerning the mysterious sudden death of Jayalalithaa. Stories indicating foul play during the run up to Jaya’s arrival at the Apollo Hospitals have appeared since December 15 2016. Demands for an explanation from the state government have begun growing. None can predict what the court ends up saying in its final denouement. Significantly, Sasikala’s challenger and the late Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa has been keeping the heat on Sasikala relentlessly. Chairman of the medical facility – Pratap Reddy is rattled. If Reddy pushes the ball into Sasikala’s court as press reports saying the hospital doctors couldn’t do much during the last 2 days as reports had suggested [1], the onus of proving absence of any wrongdoing on the part of Sasikala and those around her will fall squarely on Sasikala when she is sworn in the CM. If the courts do not believe a clean chit given to herself [as can be guessed by anyone at this point time] by Sasikala in the matter of Jaya’s death, the courts could do some more questioning. As Sasikala’s actions prevented virtually all VVIPs meeting Jaya in her hospital ward, her statement would be under extreme and tough legal scrutiny if Reddy washes his hands off. What could emerge from it all is anybody’s guess. But, something wrong could be one of the outcomes. Sasikala seems to have closed the option of wriggling out of such a piquant position by getting elected as the legislature party head to become the CM rather prematurely. Surely, she would be holding the home portfolio. The cases – if any over Jaya’s sudden and mysterious end – would have to be inevitably handled in the beginning by the TN police. That is where the whole going becomes tricky. If the courts think that the state cops are doing a wishy-washy job, the matter would move into the hands of the Central Bureau of Investigation [CBI]. If and when that happens, one would have to look at the centre’s attitude towards the Mannargudi Mafia. Already 3 old cases against Sasikala and co have been resurrected. If such a thing comes to past, the exhumation of Jaya’s mysterious death could cause a major stink,” the legally knowledgeable senior journalist said.

There are other trickier issues. On September 27 2016, officials – including currently disgraced ex-Chief Secretary Ram Mohan Rao, secretaries to the late CM Venkataramanan and Ramalingam – believed to be close to Panneerselvam – had met Jaya, claimed an official press release. The matter was reported by one of Chennai’s young, bright journalists – Julie Mariappan of the Times of India. The two secretaries and their senior Sheela Balakrishnan were said to have been forced to leave their posts on the eve of Sasikala being elected as legislature party leader. Suppose…a few of the bureaucrats contradict Julie’s September 27 2016 report and ipso facto the wordings of the official press release, that single event could cast a vain shadow on the very meeting they were supposed to have held with the late CM. Wild conspiracy theories could emerge from the slightest “if” or or “but” in the hypothetical possibility of the officials hinting at their not having met the CM. The resultant heat from its legal repercussions in court would prove extremely unbearable for Sasikala. What one can also read between the lines is that OPS has cleverly wriggled out of the situation and lobbed a live grenade sans its safety pin into Sasikala’s court instead of the proverbial ball in a sports game. Pun-fun intended,” the journalist added.

Sasikala may find her future path thorny, reported the Hindustan Times. [2]

Other reports suggest that Sasikala is under the centre’s microscope.

An unconfirmed story doing its round links Jayalalithaa, her yet to be publicised will and the entry of highly respected journalist Cho S Ramaswamy into the ICU where Jaya was undergoing treatment for intensive treatment in the last few hours before Jaya’s death. “It was handed over to Cho for safekeeping as both were close friends. None knows where the will is, but, it could surface,” goes the story.

Regardless of whether such a will exists or not, an interesting dimension has been added to the tale. Cho Ramaswamy was wheeled into the ICU around 2-45 p.m. on December 5 2016. If the statement put out by Apollo Hospitals is true on the issue of the death of Jayalalithaa, the two old friends – viz. Cho and Jaya were in the same room within the ICU. Alongside Cho were doctors attending on him. If someone raises a query about the time of Jaya’s death to Cho’s doctors, what would the answer be? Regardless of anyone hinting at foul play, if the time of Jaya’s death differs from the official version and the one said by Cho’s medical team, the going would be hugely tricky for Sasikala, for, Cho was not only Jaya’s friend, but also a close friend of Prime Minister Narendra Damodardas Modi! 

In 1996, it was Cho who brought the DMK and the late Congress veteran Moopanar together to upset Jaya’s apple-cart. In 2011, it was Cho again whose advice resulted in actor-turned-politician Vijaykant agreeing to form an alliance with Jaya’s AIADMK that sent the DMK packing. If something emerges from the current imbroglio, one can safely say that Cho changed the TN regime for the third time! And this time, if it happens, the deed would be posthumous!

[1]

Sources close to Apollo boss Pratap C Reddy revealed that he is mulling the institution’s washing its hands off the imbroglio in his written deposition to the court.

Jayalalithaa’s health was on the mend as is evident from our health bulletins. She could have left whenever she wanted to. Following this development, doctors from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences [AIIMS] and Dr Beale returned to Delhi and London respectively. What exactly took place during the last 2 days due to the activities of those who controlled the access to the CM is unknown. Police officials had kept all visitors – including the Governor and central ministers at bay earlier. Towards the end, even most of the doctors’ entry was delayed under some pretext or other. The alarm bells were pressed only when it was too late. The confusion over the time of death of the late CM, the leak of info, its denial and late-night confirmation of her passing are all indicative of the above aspects. Hence, accusing the hospital of foul play is out of the question.

[2]

Operative sentences: Sasikala was getting uneasy with Mr Panneerselvam, popularly called OPS, continuing in the post of the CM. The way ahead for Sasikala could be thorny. While she enjoys the support of the MLAs, many reports suggest that the cadre are not on her side. There have been protests against her in some places, especially from RK Nagar, the assembly constituency Jayalalithaa represented. Then, there are court cases against Ms Sasikala, which hangs like a political sword of Damocles over her head.

Tamil Nadu Politics’ Whodunnit!

Tamil Nadu’s political ‘bullshit’ is scheduled to hit the fan.

Will those are illegally profiting by the sudden, mysterious death of late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and the Jallikkattu protests be brought to book?

Tamil Nadu is currently in the throes of an unsolved political whodunit.

Its denouement could lead to the cornering of the state’s political Houdini and Rasputin rolled into one – M Natarajan, husband of the state’s latest femme fatale – Vivekanandan Krishnaveni Sasikala.

This is due to an outrageous claim made a day ago.

VK Sasikala is the general secretary of Tamil Nadu’s ruling All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam [AIADMK] and apparently the person controlling the state through unseen hands. Her husband Natarajan – is believed to be the real power behind the state’s Fort St George throne. Natarajan alleged that MK Stalin, the state’s Leader of Opposition and the functioning heir to the main opposition party DMK – had masterminded the violence post the peaceful Jallikkattu protests.

The allegation emerged after the state’s CM – O Panneerselvam claimed that anti-India forces were at work during the Jallikkattu protests.

Currently Sasikala is the supremo of the AIADMK. But, the small print on her appointment document says her probation period will be in force till April this year.

The currently fizzled out Jallikkattu drama could lead to the arrest and prosecution of Sasikala for her dubious role during Jayalalithaa’s last 2 days in Apollo Hospitals.

The shocking pointers:

Tamil Nadu’s police headquarters is on one end of the arterial Beach Road. On the other end is Fort St George, the seat of power. If someone wants to believe that the entire state machinery was caught napping – including the police that is – when a crowd of over 5 lakhs jammed its capital and held it to ransom for nearly a week, he/she/they must be seriously joking!

The real story, however, lay elsewhere.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram was officially declared dead on December 5 2016 rather suddenly, mysteriously and suspiciously. [1] The announcement was rather abrupt and rife with contradictions. It had come after a series of flip-flops triggering some sort of political vacuum.

The domination of the state’s political horizon’s skyline by Jaya’s personal female flunkey VK Sasikala as Tamil Nadu’s step mother began almost immediately thereafter.

January 12 2017 onwards, Jayalalithaa’s sudden death had acquired the status of a murder mystery.

The whole thing revolves around a key question:

On what authority does Sasikala continue to live in what had been Jayalalithaa’s private property in Chennai’s Poes Gardens?

So far, none has raised the query in a court of law. But, before long, someone will.

Sasikala has not answered that question posed in a roundabout method by The Times of India a few days ago.

Sasikala’s attempts to answer or choosing not to could lead her into the vortex of a legal whirlpool that could include a charge of murder – of none other than Jayalalithaa! Here is why:

Sasikala would have to produce a will executed by Jayalalithaa signed by the late CM in front of independent witnesses whose veracity would have to be established in a court of law. Else, Sasikala cannot legally continue to stay in Veda Nilayam, the official residence of the late CM.

The deceased CM’s niece Deepa [who also bears a striking resemblance to Jaya] had claimed nearly two months ago that she was the only surviving blood-relative of Jaya and ipso facto, the late CM’s legal heir.

The rules pertaining to wills and heirs, courtesy, The Hindu:

A WILL is the disposition of the assets made by a person during his/her lifetime intended to take effect after death. When a person dies without making a will, he/she is said to have died intestate, that is, the property is inherited by the heirs according to the law of succession.

When a person dies after making a will, it can be enforced only after a probate is issued.

A probate is identified as the copy of the will certified under the seal of the court of competent jurisdiction. No right as executor or legatee can be established unless a court of competent jurisdiction in India has granted probate of the will under which the right is claimed or has been granted.

Probate can be granted only to the executor appointed by the will.

A petition for the probate is to be filed in the court concerned along with the will.

Succession of a Hindu Female Dying Intestate Under The Hindu Succession Act

The Hindu Succession Act, 1956 and particularly its inbuilt Section 14 state the aspects of rights of a Hindu female over her property.

The property of a female Hindu dying intestate shall devolve according to the rules set out in Section 16. The could only go to:

  • Firstly, upon the sons and daughters (including the children of any pre-deceased son or daughter) and the husband;
  • Secondly, upon the heirs of the husband ;
  • Thirdly, upon the mother and father;
  • Fourthly, upon the heirs of the father; and
  • Lastly, upon the heirs of the mother

The heirs of a female intestate ought to qualify as per laws that define Agnates and Cognates.

The order of succession among agnates or cognates, as the case may be, shall be determined in accordance with the rules of preference laid down hereunder:

Agnate and cognate relationship maybe categorized as follows::

Agnates are direct descendants and/or are related to the intestate by degrees of both ascent and descent.

Cognates are collateral descendants related to the intestate by degrees of both ascent and descent [father’s and/or mother’s siblings].

If none of these are found acceptable and applicable, the property would be taken over by the state [meaning Government of Tamil Nadu] and administered as a trust.

To continue staying in Veda Nilayam, the posh Poes Garden residence of Jayalalithaa worth a few dozens of crores of rupees, Sasikala has to produce a legal heir certificate proclaiming her [Sasikala] as the heir apparent.

If she fails to, the property would belong to the People of Tamil Nadu and hence, its control would be in the hands of the State – or the Tamil Nadu Government who shall appoint a special officer or executor of the property.

In the unlikely possibility of Sasikala producing one such piece of paper proclaiming her to be proper and legal executors of Jayalalithaa’s will, courts shall be constrained to demand answers for the following questions:

When and where was the will signed?

Who were the witnesses?

The will has to have either the late CM’s signature and/or Left Hand Thumb Impression – the affixing of either or both – being witnessed by persons sans any vested interest in the property as witnesses and/or those who have a vested interest – endorsing such a disposal of assets but have chosen of their free will to be left out from the option of being challengers of such a will.

Modern forensic science has accorded the luxury of finding out the exact date of any ink being applied to a paper.

Those challenging the will [if such a will exists at all] can seek such a forensic test. As a result, the date and time would be established to a specific day and hour of the ink meeting the paper – or in other words, the signature and/or LTI of the deceased CM with eyewitnesses attesting the veracity of the event.

The prognosis of such a route could result in metaphorical nails being driven into the hypothetical coffin of the fledgling ‘political’ career of Sasikala.

Any resident of Tamil Nadu can file a writ in the Madras High Court under Article 226 demanding to know the truth and also pray for the eviction of Sasikala from Veda Nilayam, where, in all likelihood, she is a mere squatter and an illegal occupant.

How could Sasikala justify the presence of such witnesses and/or relatives within the ward when constitutionally empowered individuals – viz. Governor CH Vidyasagar Rao, acting CM O Panneerselvam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s representative – India’s Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Tamil Nadu’s Leader of Opposition MK Stalin were denied such a privilege?

If a fig-leaf explanation – that Apollo Hospital doctors and/or those brought in from All India Institute of Medical Sciences and/or those from abroad were the disinterested eyewitness signatories, the next question would follow.

Press reports said Jayalalithaa discussed vital government decisions with top government officials from her sick bed at the Apollo.

Relevant excerpts from a ToI report published on September 27 2016 when Jaya was in hospital:

Jayalalithaa convened an hour-long meeting with the senior officials in her room on the interim directions issued by the Supreme Court on the Cauvery issue.

The chief minister was apprised of the directions of the court on the applications filed by the states and the court orders thereafter to release water to Tamil Nadu on three occasions, an official release said.

“The CM directed PWD minister, chief secretary P Rama Mohana Rao, PWD secretary S K Prabakar and Cauvery Technical Cell chairman R Subramaniam to attend the meeting on behalf of state of Tamil Nadu,” the release said. The meeting in Apollo Hospitals saw the participation of chief secretary P Rama Mohana Rao, advocate general R Muthukumaraswamy, advisor to government Sheela Balakrishnan, principal secretary I to chief minister K N Venkataramanan and secretary A Ramalingam.

This was the last time that reports clearly stated that officials met Jaya in her hospital room.

If the CM was in a fit state to conduct a meeting, she must have initialed the note and/or made notes on the papers presented to her [as she is often known to do].

The Madras High Court can summon those papers.

Jayalalithaa is said to have personally chosen the candidates for the 3 by-elections that were held in Tamil Nadu during her hospitalisation

On November 5, a Press Trust of India report said that Jayalalithaa’s health was showing signs of improvement, citing Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu.

Apollo Hospitals Chairman Prathap Reddy had said that Jayalalithaa has “completely recovered” and it is up to her to decide when to go home, the report added.

The party tickets for the by election had the LTI of the CM and AIADMK General Secretary.

How could the events that ought to be categorised differently under political, official and personal agendas –viz. issued election tickets, matters pertaining to the governance of Tamil Nadu and the disposal of personal assets respectively be clubbed together to attest a will be congruently concentric?

If the answer this query is in the affirmative, such persons could be subjected to sustained cross-examination by a battery of eminent lawyers in open court.

In what manner were such persons [if such a list of persons exists] more important than the Governor and other constitutional functionaries allowed to meet the ailing CM?

Sasikala’s husband M Natarajan – the obvious planner behind all this has a few flies in his ointment.

The most important ones:

He had been persona non grata at the Jaya household when the late CM was alive. How did he become such a big VVIP immediately after her death – and such an important one that he was one of the last few who placed wreaths on the body before burial – rubbing shoulders with the likes of Rahul Gandhi and Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu? Will any of the VVIPs provide an answer?

Natarajan’s statements indicate that it was Sasikala who saved Jaya’s bacon in the Disproportionate Assets’ case till the end. After Jaya’s death, she cannot be imprisoned for offences allegedly committed during her lifetime – if the Apex Court overturns the acquittal of the Karnataka High Court. If the Supreme Court agrees with the findings of Judge Kumaraswamy and his faulty calculator, rules in favour of Sasikala and other co-accused in the case, the queries about the will, testament and the probation would remain unaltered.

But, if the Apex Court agrees with the ruling of Sessions’ Judge DaCunha, Sasikala would end up in prison. The convicting authority being the SC, Sasikala will find it extremely difficult to obtain bail on the basis of an appeal – staying the judgement – provided such a leave for appeal is granted at all.

In all those scenarios, Sasikala’s chances of becoming CM through a by election or before as the case may be – would be binned.

In such a scenario and or through the will probation rigmarole, if Sasikala’s role in the Sudden Death is established prima facie, would the AIADMK legislators who were said to have overwhelmingly voted for her, agree to have a criminal-case-accused as the party GS?

A bigger can of worms are scheduled to be opened starting January 31 2017 – the ones about the ongoing Jallikkattu conundrum.

Those questions will be raised as the court hears the petitions for the bull-taming festival for one final time. It is bound to shock and awe even more.

On January 20 2017, Tamil Nadu was shut down on the issue of Jallikkattu protests. Schools, colleges, business establishments and government offices remained shut.

It was an ‘official’ shut-down.

The Apex Court Bench headed by Dipak Mishra is scheduled to hear a bunch of petitions pertaining to Jallikkattu.

Some question to be asked by the judges:

Who ‘authorised’ the shutdown of the entire state of Tamil Nadu on January 20 on account of the Jallikkattu protest?

How did a gathering that had swelled to over 500,000 gather in the arterial Beach Road bang opposite the police headquarters on the one end of the thoroughfare and the state secretariat on the other?

Was the police force blind till anti-national protestors gathered in enough strength to cause mayhem in Chennai?

[1]

The timeline of Jaya’s last days:

Tamil Nadu chief minister J. Jayalalithaa died on December 5 2016 at Apollo Hospital in Chennai. She had suffered a cardiac arrest on Sunday evening, more than 70 days after she was hospitalised for complaints of “fever and dehydration”.

In the two months or so between her hospitalisation and her death, secrecy had been maintained around her health status, apart from short updates from the hospital and the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK).

While she was hospitalized, state finance minister O. Panneerselvam was officially allocated the portfolios of Jayalalithaa as an interim arrangement and the AIADMK launched a campaign on Twitter to quell speculation about her health. After her death, Panneerselvam was appointed chief minister.

Here are the updates that were released from time to time about Jayalalithaa’s health status since she was hospitalised. Most of these statements reiterated that the chief minister would be discharged in a few days.

22 September: Jayalalithaa was admitted with complaints of “fever and dehydration”.

23 September: The hospital confirmed that her fever was under control and the chief minister had resumed normal diet.

25 September: Doctors and administrators at the hospital denied rumours that Jayalalithaa will be flown abroad for treatment.

29 September: While it was rumoured that necessary evaluation tests were being carried out, Subbiah Viswanathan, chief operating officer of the Apollo hospital, said in a statement, “The honourable chief minister has been advised few days in the hospital for recuperative treatment.”

2 October: The hospital confirmed that Dr Richard John Beale, consultant intensivist at the London Bridge Hospital, was flown in from the UK to assess Jayalalithaa’s health status. Without revealing any details, the hospital also said that the treatment plan included “appropriate antibiotics and other allied clinical measures” to treat infection.

3 October: Another statement was issued. “The treatment plan including appropriate antibiotics, respiratory support and other allied clinical measures are presently being continued to treat the infection,” it said.

6 October: Another statement mentioned that the chief minister was making “gradual progress” and would require “longer stay at the hospital”.

8 October: Following this, it was announced that the hospital is treating her for “lung decongestion”. “All the other comprehensive measures including nutrition, supportive therapy and passive physiotherapy are underway,” the hospital said. Around the same time, it was also announced that a team of doctors from Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) were treating the chief minister.

21 October: A health bulletin said Jayalalithaa was “interacting and progressing gradually”. The update on 21 October was the last official health bulletin from the hospital authorities, until the one on Sunday night mentioned about her cardiac arrest.

13 November: Jayalalithaa in a statement released by AIADMK said: “I have taken a rebirth due to the prayers of the people and my party cadre. What can harm me when I have your love?”

18 November: Apollo Hospital chairman Prathap C. Reddy said Jayalalithaa is able to breathe on her own without respiratory support. Jayalalithaa is being kept on ventilator for 15 minutes daily so that “her lungs could expand” and continues to be kept at the hospital’s critical care unit to avoid infection, Reddy said.

19 November: The AIADMK said the leader was shifted to a special room from the intensive critical care unit.

22 November: Jayalalithaa thanks voters for electing her party’s candidates in polls.

25 November: Reddy says Jayalalithaa speaking using tracheostomy tube valve.

4 December: AIADMK says AIIMS expert team confirms Jayalalithaa has recovered completely. Later in the day, she suffers a cardiac arrest.

5 December: Jayalalithaa put on life support, dies at 11.30pm.